1. Grahame

    Grahame Senior Member

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    What in the name of permaculture is this? It's eating my bees!!!

    That is a bee in it's mouth and that is a shovel handle it is perched on.

    Am I breeding something new? when it took off, after smugly posing for a few photographs it sounded like an ultralight plane...
     

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    Looks like some species of Robber Fly. They have a tendency to eat bees and to pose for the camera.
     
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    Yep, that looks like the right beasty. Never heard of them before, it's funny how you can live your life thinking you know a few things, only to realise you know pretty much nothing.

    I'm glad it wasn't a robber fly that slipped into that chamber with Jeff Goldbloom. It looked mean to me.

    But, it is always nice to see new insects in your garden. I've seen a few Praying Mantis lately and I always take that as a sign your garden is a nice place for wee beasties to be.
     
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    I know it is a little sadistic, but I really enjoy dispatching grass hoppers by giving them to praying mantis in my back yard. Its a little gory but very entertaining.
     
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    I saw a stick insect last night and was thinking how nice it is to have a whole ecosystem going on outside my walls. I'm not sure I would have felt as kindly towards a Robber Fly....
     

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