Flies of the Diptera family Sarcophagidae (from the Greek sarco- = flesh, phage = eating; the same roots as the word “sarcophagus”) are commonly known as flesh flies. You can’t beat a flesh fly for all out grossness. This specimen is sucking on something vaguely jelly-like. Beautiful.
The Boy, pre-poo, at 06:30 hours. Looking up.
Macroglossum stellatarum, known as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth, is a species of Sphingidae. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. Chuffed to get one in the garden… on the new flowers I bought yesterday! Even more chuffed to actually get a decent photo of it.
This is a bushy, upright shrub with showy flowers and a fast growth habit. It produces large, attractive, drooping red and dark purple flowers which appear repeatedly throughout the summer and well into the autumn. I will try my best not to kill it.
Although commonly known as the ‘Black Slug’ the colour ranges from jet black, through chestnut and orange to pale grey and creamy white. The essential difference between slugs and snails is the shell – slugs do not have a shell, but do have a leathery mantle on their backs. The opening on the side is a nostril through which the slug breathes.