Friday, 25 May 2018
Long-Tailed Dance Flies, Soft-Winged Flower Beetles & A Running Update
So the garden is filling up with Interesting Small People. The one in the pic above is a long-tailed dance fly. I am rather taken by her feathery legs, they look like leaves close-up. I've never recorded one in the garden before. This one is currently snoozing on the orange-ball buddleia.
And here is a (brief) glimpse of a soft-winged flower beetle, Anthocomus fasciatus, who, according to my insect bible, is a relative rarity with only a few locations in the south near us and a few more up towards the midlands. Given that she's only 3-4mm and was interested in the under side of the Ceonothus, you'll forgive the lack of clarity in the photo and take my word for it that she is what she is :o)
In other news, I am (cautiously) feeling better and hopeful that I'll be running on Sunday. The forecast seems to vary depending on where you look...
16/ 17 degrees I can cope with, 21 and thunderstorms, less good. I will have to keep reminding myself that I ran twenty miles in 22 degree heat a couple of weeks back and was fine, and in March was training in snow and pouring rain. It will be what it will be.
To celebrate feeling better, and to try and stuff in some carbs ahead of race day, I am treating myself to a Fondant Fancy. Remember these?
I confess I'd forgotten how sickly sweet they are and am now rather wishing I'd stuck to porridge oats in coconut milk.
Hope all are well. I'll be back on Monday with Race News :o)