Welcome to my website where I record information, gathered from many sources on the web and through print media, about the benefits of attracting useful creatures to our gardens. I include creatures found in my own garden and explain how they help grow healthy and productive plants without using synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilisers.................................................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
I was photographing one of my Hebes and caught this handsome fellow in mid flight.
Hoverflies belong to the insect family Syrphidae.
They are common throughout the world and can be found on all continents except Antarctica.
Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals, they don't sting despite their similar appearance to wasps and bees. This is a defensive mechanism designed to ward off predators.
their common name suggests, adult hoverfies can often be seen hovering
near flowers on a warm spring day. They feed on nectar and pollen, but
their larvae are insectivorous and prey on aphids and other sap sucking
In my Garden.
provides a twofold benefit in the organic garden. They pollinating
flowering plants and keep sap sucking insect pests such as aphids under
Organic gardeners grow companion
plants such as alyssum, Iberis umbellata, statice, buckwheat,
chamomile, parsley, and/or yarrow as a source of habitat and food for hoverflies.