Woody Wednesday (11th August 2021)
It was warm and muggy again for this week's Woody Wednesday gardening session and Refna did a lot of re-potting and tidying up, particularly in the Front Yard and beside the Old Forge. It was the best day of the year so far for butterflies, with several on the driveway buddleia - peacocks (see Extra) and red admirals - but Refna was particularly pleased to spot this hornet mimic hoverfly as she had just been reading about it.
According to Wikipedia, "the hornet mimic hoverfly is the largest hoverfly species in the UK. As its name suggests, it is an excellent mimic of the hornet, but is harmless to humans. Only a very rare visitor to the country up to the 1940s, it has become more common in Southern England in recent years, and is still spreading northwards, perhaps as a result of climate change. It is particularly prevalent in urban areas. The adults are migratory and the larvae live inside wasps' nests.
"The hornet mimic hoverfly is mainly orangey-yellow on the abdomen, with dark bands and a dark brown thorax. It is our largest hoverfly. It can be distinguished from the hornet by its much larger eyes, broader body and the lack of a sting."
Wednesday 11.8.2021 (1727 hr)
Blip #3499 (#3249 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #000
Blips/Extras In 2022 #154/266 + #082/100 Extras
Day #4157 (912 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2642 (#2442 + 160 in archived blips)
Old Forge series
The Woodland Garden (August 2021) (Flickr album)
Taken with Pentax K-50 (Yellow) and Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro lens
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Lambchop - Papa Was a Rolling Stone Journalist (2021)
What a great title. Previously, Marsha Hunt, who had a child by Mick Jagger, had recorded the Temptation's song, Papa Was A Rolling Stone.
One Year Ago:
The Old Forge (Spider)