I thought that I would take Fizz up in the fields and take her picture in amongst the Dandelions…
This is St Mark’s Fly (Bibio marci)
These first picture are of the male. He has large eyes and clear wings, also very long back legs that hang below him in flight. Last year I searched in vain for a female of the species. They look quite different.
The problem is that the adults only live for about a week and as they all emerge at the same time there is very little opportunity to see them.
The Dandelions are beginning to fade now.
It looks like these fields are going to be grown for silage again this year, the grass is already too long for Sheep. That is good because for a few months we will get long grass and lots of wildflowers and all of the associated insects.
I will leave you with the firework display called Ribwort Plantain.