Thursday, March 15, 2012

Marmalade Hoverflies & Red Squirrels

 Here on the Isle of Wight I've been amazed at the numbers of Marmalade Hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus) that have been around over the winter period, a real sign of how much milder the climate is here compared to Bedfordshire. The video below shows two of the many flies that were feeding on Lesser Celandines at the All Saints Churchyard here in Freshwater. What I love is the shadow of the wings against the yellow of the petals:

After a lunchtime meeting, I cycled to Squirrel Copse to find all 3 Red Squirrels very active. At one point all 3 of them took it in turns to scramble along the branch just above my head!

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