July 2nd – On a grass verge on an industrial estate near Darlaston, hoverflies were busy pollinating the hawkweed flower – and both the flower and fly are overlooked stalwarts.
Hawkweed in all it’s forms is a common, bright splash of colour in town and country alike, and is a dweeler of the edgeland, wasteland and verge doing nothing more than providing beautiful flowers. Sadly often regarded as a weed or mistaken for dandelions, it gets sadly passed by but really is worth a look.
The hoverflies are one of the important pollinators, and although disguised to look like bees or wasps for protection from predators, they’re totally harmless.
Two unsung heroes, supporting each other…