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)
We call it that because they all emerge around about the same time, April the twenty fifth and that is St Mark’s Day. They are a little bit late this year.
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.
And there she was, distracting me… I forgot all about Fizz.
She has small eyes , she is a little bit longer than the male and has dark wings.
But even though she looks so different I am quite confident that this is the female of the species.
I have heard it said that the male has such big eyes so that he can find the female and that is quite believable. I had a lot of trouble finding her.
The Dandelions are beginning to fade now.
The Buttercups are just starting to appear.
As soon as the Dandelions go these fields will fill with Buttercups.
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.