Hoverflies

Recently the flowers in the wildlife area of the walled garden have been providing food to many hoverflies. Over 250 species of these harmless insects, which often mimic bees and wasps, can be found in Britain.

The larvae of many species feed on other insects, such as aphids, making them a useful form of natural pest control for gardeners.

Hoverflies can be sexed by looking at their eyes, those of the males meet whilst the females have a gap between them.

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