Bee Fly (Bombylius major)
? on Butterbur
? basking at the ford
Blackthorn flower at Stobswood
Following a walk around the local backwaters of Stobswood and Widdrington I parked the car at Jackson's ford on the river Lyne at the bottom of the hill opposite the Forge pub at Ulgham. This is a favourite spot of mine, I saw my first Kingfisher here in 1974 in the days when the commonest species around here were Water voles. I was having coffee while Bennyboy was cooling off in the burn when I noticed something flitting from Celandine to Celandine. To my delight it was a Bee fly, presumably Bombylius major, the first I have ever seen. It was moving very fast from flower to flower making a whining noise as it hovered. Many other insects around. I have posted a couple of pics taken at the same spot (above) but I don't know what they are.
Lots of Butterflies around today and Chiffchaffs singing in every locality I visited.