My day was very lowbrow - and initially frustrating. I visited our allotment to gather runner beans and courgettes and, as I was picking the former, a lovely specimen of the Hornet Hoverfly, Volucella zonaria, landed the foliage only a foot or two away. Too close really, because as I stealthily reached for my camera it flew off. 'Bother!' I said.
[Ed: Be honest! You said something far more earthy.] Well, yes.
As I say frustrating. But the day was yet young.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, 'No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and it's not the same man.' Well, I visited Kentle Wood in the afternoon and these words passed through what I call my mind as I looked around. Subtle changes, yes, but a woodland is such a dynamic community that even twenty four hours can bring about noticeable changes. Astonishingly the hogweed a little beyond the main gate was hosting a Hornet Hoverfly! 'Bless me!' I said. [Ed: we've been here before; you said nothing of the kind.]
Volucella zonaria, a handsome and striking insect. Kentle Wood,
Daventry. 10 August, 2017