This photo is probably my favourite photo EVER...!
I have had a lot of hoverflies in my garden this year - many more than ever before. Hardly any butterflies though (mostly the white ones that lays eggs on our brassicas).
There have been quite a few bees around too. This one is drinking nectar from a tiny flower on my Asparagus.
This mother spider ran to the rescue of her clutch of eggs when I began harvesting the cabbages.
If the spider had been bigger, I would have been scared of those bulging eyes and hairy legs, but fortunately it was very small.
It has been a good year for Ladybirds, which is good news, since there have been lots of Blackfly too, and Ladybirds are a major predator of Blackfly. This is a Ladybird larva, not an adult. This particular one stayed on the same leaf for several days, and I was able to watch its metamorphosis into its adult form - fascinating!
This is an adult Ladybird. They seem to come in an ever-increasing range of colours these days.
This next photo is of a type of Shield Bug (Stink Bug). Apparently they are enemies rather than friends of the gardener, and they smell horrible too. They emit an obnoxious-smelling secretion when threatened. Fortunately they are quite rare in my garden and I have not identified any plant damage that I can attribute to them.
|Green Shield Bug|
This one is another variation on the Shield Bug theme.
|Brown Shield Bug!|
Here he is on a pane of glass. It looks as if he is swimming!
|Same bug as previous photo|
|Hoverfly on Pea leaf|
The aphids have appeared in many different guises this year. These ones on a Rose bud are pink
|Aphids on a Rose bud|
These ones on a Broad Bean plant are black.
|Blackfly on a Broad Bean plant|
And you must also believe me when I say that there have been plenty of the more common Greenfly aphids too. I just don't have a suitable photo.