Monday, 29 August 2011

Monster bug!

Who knows what this monster bug is? It is the first one I have ever seen. It looks like a combination between a bee, a hoverfly and a cicada!  It is much bigger than a hoverfly; about the size of a small Bumble Bee.






This is a different sort of bug - but equally unknown to me. A fly of some sort, judging by those huge eyes.


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  1. I don't know. Is the first one a hornet?

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  2. They are both from a family of Tabanoidae I think.

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  3. Tahanus bovinus

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  4. I don't know what they are, but I don't think I like them.

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  5. If they are horseflies they can give a nasty bite so watch out.

    Wish we could see the things that have been biting us coming - they sneak up on us unawares.

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  6. Mark that thing is huge, and pretty ugly! If I were a caterpillar I'd run screaming at the sight of it, so it can't be too bad a thing to have in your garden.

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    Lucy

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  8. Wow, great photos.
    Hey Mark I've nominated you for an award. :)

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  9. The yellow and black combination is one of the most attractive colour combination in nature. The first bug seems to have "DANGER" written all over it. I would have thought it is a hornet, but I can't see its stinger at the bottom.

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  10. I am loving your blog Mark! I tell my husband you are my go to guy for all things veg. I just awarded you the 'versatile blogger' award for all the great advice and fantastic photos http://jileenharkins.blogspot.com/2011/08/versatile-blogger-award.html Your blog really encouraged me to get out there and get a' digging! Cheers

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  11. Not sure about the flying insects but good photos. The Hergest Croft photos you posted a few days ago are really fab, not just your photography but what a great garden! Re: yesterday post, your celeriac looks ready to eat, my bulbs are underground rather than on top (maybe I planted too deeply or maybe they're not ready?). I've workmen in the house last week and this week - very hectic & not much time to garden unfortunately.

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