This attractive cranefly is easily identified from the other Nephrotoma species because of its distinctive abdominal markings. It is known to like dry woodlands on sandy soil and this one was found on a path in Longdon Wood.
This large cluster of eggs was found on a Salix leaf near a wet flush in Longdon Wood, possibly laid by one of the large Tabanus horseflies?
This attractive Tephritid picture-wing fly is always associated with Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris. The larvae bore into the stems and feed within them. There are not many records from this area. A few adults were found on Mugwort along the banks of the River Severn north of Bewdley.
This muscid fly can be seen early in the year. It can be spotted feeding on flowers, although it lays its eggs in dung in which the larvae develop. This one was caught and identified by Mick Blythe.
A walk on the west side of the River Severn yesterday near the Bewdley bypass resulted in the find of two female Yellow-legged Water-Snipeflies (Atherix ibis). They are impressive flies with their mottled wings and they have interesting breeding behaviour. The females gather together in dense clusters on branches overhanging water where they lay their eggs in a glutinous matrix before dying. The result is a mass of eggs and dead flies suspended from twigs or flood debris.