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    Default Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    My garden is full of hoverflies just now. They are loving daisies, marjoram/oregano flowers, achillea and roses.

    I felt puzzled by the fact that they were all so different, as my skills at identifying bugs are not the best, but was relieved to learn from Michael Viney that there are 180 varieties in Ireland. This is his lovely drawing of just a few.



    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/images/tile/2012/0825/1224322937030_1.jpg?ts=1346866939

    Not only are they great pollinators, showing up more frequently in organic gardens and farms, but the larvae are rated better than ladybirds at dealing with aphids.

    Anyone else enjoying an unusual number at present?

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    Good guys ? From the point of view of the little bugs, they are the equivalent of incoming exocets.

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    Saw a Peacock butterfly in the garden today, they are stunning;



    Also, my back step and door have been covered in these little metal machines for weeks now;

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    Default Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    There is a flower called verbena bonariensis which, as in previous years is proving the magnet for butterflies. Nothing exotic here this year, just red admirals and the cabbage white.

    I hate the darn caterpillars though.

    What are those beetles?

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    Default Re: Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post

    What are those beetles?
    Green Dock Beetles I think. They really look like they have been sprayed with some iridescent, green metallic paint.
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    Default Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    Metallic paint, exactly. Stunning picture.

    Could they be foreign mercenaries in the garden? Are they benign or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    Metallic paint, exactly. Stunning picture.

    Could they be foreign mercenaries in the garden? Are they benign or not?
    They're friendlies by my experience although I'm not sure I've ever seen them before. Had a good look at them on my hand and they didn't lodge any voluble complaints.

    Neither picture is mine btw.
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    Default Maidir Le: Re: Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    Quote Originally Posted by 5intheface View Post
    They're friendlies by my experience although I'm not sure I've ever seen them before. Had a good look at them on my hand and they didn't lodge any voluble complaints.
    So, Catholic beetles who attended a convent school then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    So, Catholic beetles who attended a convent school then?


    Here's another I've noticed back again this week having not seen them all year;



    They're known here as the 'Granny Grey Baird' (Beard) Is that a local name I wonder, what are they called in the rest of the country?

    (They become Tiger Moths)
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    Default Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    Ah yes. They have been coming in here in the last week. 'Hairy Mollies' was the name we had for them in childhood. I await the onslaught of mirth. I never knew they were Tiger Moths. Thanks
    The other influx is of Daddy Long-legs, otherwise known as crane flies. Rotten little so-and sos.Can't see any benefit from them. I left a window open and a light on. Really stupid thing on a September evening, so I have a collectionof moths and spiders indoors now. Drat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    Ah yes. They have been coming in here in the last week. 'Hairy Mollies' was the name we had for them in childhood. I await the onslaught of mirth. I never knew they were Tiger Moths. Thanks
    The other influx is of Daddy Long-legs, otherwise known as crane flies. Rotten little so-and sos.Can't see any benefit from them. I left a window open and a light on. Really stupid thing on a September evening, so I have a collectionof moths and spiders indoors now. Drat.
    Wee girl asks me last week, 'Daddy, do you get Mammy and Baby Longlegs as well?'

    I said, 'Well..er...em...look! A helicopter!'
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    Default Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    Chicken Wait 'til she asks about the birds and the bees!

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    Default Re: Maidir Le: Re: Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    Quote Originally Posted by 5intheface View Post


    Here's another I've noticed back again this week having not seen them all year;



    They're known here as the 'Granny Grey Baird' (Beard) Is that a local name I wonder, what are they called in the rest of the country?

    (They become Tiger Moths)

    Its always been horse catapillars for us up here in Dún na nGall. Im genuinely suprised at the completely different name. And i certainly didnt know that they became tiger moths!!!!!

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    Default Re: Maidir Le: Re: Maidir Le: Good guys in the garden: hoverflies

    Quote Originally Posted by 5intheface View Post


    Here's another I've noticed back again this week having not seen them all year;



    They're known here as the 'Granny Grey Baird' (Beard) Is that a local name I wonder, what are they called in the rest of the country?

    (They become Tiger Moths)
    Hairy Mollies ? Yes, really.

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