The warm weather has been with us for a few days now. It makes a change from the dismal cool and wet Summer that accompanied an unusually displaced atmospheric jet stream, south of its normal Summer position. This has resulted in a proliferation of insects, especially chyrominid midges and other biting midges.
On a fence post I saw several hoverflies resting in the sunshine. This one is Epistrophe grossulariae,
distinguished by its brown thorax patch and 3 black abdominal bands.
These flies use the colours of wasps to discourage predators from eating
I recently lost a pair of reading glasses. They were in need of repair
and I did have a second pair which were a couple of years old. This
inspired me to go to Specsavers in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. I was amazed
at the streamlined service - They booked me in to see an optician
within 15 minutes and I had two new pairs of glasses in my hands in less
than 2 hours. The price was less than I paid two years ago at my old
opticians when I had to wait 3 weeks for my specs. One very satisfied