The highlights were my first (I think) Anasimyia contracta for the site, Volucella bombylans and pellucens, Tropidia scita, Cheilosia illustrata and a cracking Chrysotoxum bicinctum.
Oh and do not forget to click on full screen view for this images!
I know that there are no common names for these but they are still wonderful little insects and like any names, they soon sink in.
There were some fine shiny Lucillia Greenbottles lazing about along with a few Flesh Flies with their paddy feet and fat Bluebottles.
|Flesh Fly - Sarcophaga sp|
|Lucilia sericata Greenbottle|
|Lucilia sp Greenbottle|
|While this piebald beauty is one of my favourites and I think it is Graphomya maculata|
|Neomyia sp of Greenbottle - an old specimen|
However, star performance went to one of my favourite little flies - Poecilobothrus nobilitatus - with his pied wings and wing-waving dance off in the fly equivilent of a Black Grouse lek to attract the almost as dapper females... the woodland at Rainham is alive with them at the moment.
RSPB Rainham Marshes 12-7-16