A bright Sunday morning walk, with lots to see and record. Berry’s, acorns. Thistles and grasses have gone to seed.
Oaks are the host plants for more than 70 species of gall wasp.In its larval stage these insects that induce the plant to produce abnormal growths, known as galls, that enclose the developing larvae.
This Hornet is making short work of this Wasp for his lunch – hunting along the edge of a Bramble bush this Hornet had grabbed a Wasp feeding on the Blackberry’s. I was only able to get a picture of the hornet as he had stopped to feed. It does give you a good idea of the size of this insect.
The Hornet mimic hoverfly is the largest hoverfly species found in the UK. It is an excellent mimic of the Hornet, but is harmless to humans. It was a very rare visitor to the country up to the 1940s, it has become more common in Southern England in recent years, and spreading northwards. The adults are migratory and the larvae live inside wasps’ nests.
There were many different species of flies enjoying Blackberry’s and sunshine.