Hoverflies. First the technical bit They belong to the family Syrphidae, a family within the order Diptera (true flies). Here in the UK there are 280 species of hoverflies. Many of the larger ones have yellow and black stripes and look very much like wasps and bees. Like Bees they are an important pollinators of flowering plants.
A short walk yesterday on local farm land and mainly around thistles I took lots of photographs trying to capture some flies in the hover. Quite difficult to take – many shots of thistles no flies, many with out of focus – thank goodness for digital with no cost of buying film!