Oops, a little typo there, I meant zap the aphids.
Yes, they are just starting to arrive in the garden.
See the little fly on the primrose, I watched as it laid its eggs on a nearby pansy. Now non-organic gardeners would probably have squashed the eggs, and maybe even swatted the fly as well. But you see, this little fly is a hoverfly, I recognised it by the way it hovered as it flew around. I bet that's how it got its name, you know.
Hoverflies are the good guys in the garden. They pollinate our flowers, and their youngsters eat aphids, bucketloads of them, well they eat a lot anyway. So if you are contemplating turning your garden into an organic haven, it's very important to be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
And it's not always easy. Sometimes the good guys can turn bad, like wasps that eat aphids in spring, but by late summer are damaging our fruit, and disrupting our picnics. And then there are the bad guys that are actually good. Did you know that there is a type of slug that only eats other slugs ?
So let's here it for the hoverflies, often overlooked in favour of the bees and butterflies, but just as important. They look very similar to bees and wasps, but their flight gives them away.
And now for an important announcement, this will be the last blog post on Gardening With Nature UK. No, wait a minute, don't delete me from your favourites, I'm only changing the blog title. You see, I've discovered that there is another, more established, blog with a similar title. So to avoid any confusion, and whilst this blog is still in its infancy, I've decided to change the blog title to Yorkshire Buddings.
If you search for that on Google, you get yorkshire puddings, which really taste quite nice, my grandma used to make lovely ones, but I digress. So Yorkshire Buddings it will be. I do realise, of course, that if I ever get onto anyone's alphabetical blog roll, I'll be at the bottom of their list. But I know my place.