|The Bog Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis) on a Teasel|
So what did I find out about Bog Hoverflies:
- Dealing with their name first it's probably not a surprise that they like damp boggy habitats.
- They particularly like acidic peaty areas like moorland, fens and wet woodland.
- Adults are often found at woodland edges on flowers in the sunlight, exactly where I found this one!
- They can fly strongly and are often found quite a way from water.
- It likes to breed in peaty ditches and small pools.
- The larvae are the type with long tails - often known as rat-tailed larvae. This isn't in fact a tail but a long breathing tube.
|A great wasp mimic|
- This tube is what lets it live in some pretty stagnant water full of rotting plant matter.
- The adult bodies are about 16mm long so this is one of our largest hoverflies.
- I've got a lot better with wasps lately, I wasn't that keen on them, so I was wary of this bug to start with. They do a pretty good job of imitating a wasp but are completely harmless.
- You'll find them across most of the UK though they aren't that common. There are more the further north and west you go especially in the peaty uplands.
- They have a long flying period and you might be lucky to see them anytime between May and November.
Here's a few links to site with more pictures and information:
|And a very patient bug or totally not bothered by me!|
Hope you enjoyed,