Today is a public holiday in Edinburgh (though not in most other places) so Crafty Green Boyfriend joined me for my weekly patrol of Colinton Dell along the Water of Leith.
The light was beautiful and the Dells looked lovely
The first autumn tints are showing in the first falling leaves
The bees are getting tired now
but the hoverflies will still be happy for another couple of month, this is a footballer hoverfly (Helophilus sp)
Hoverflies are flies that mimic other species, usually bees or wasps. There are about 250 species of hoverfly in the UK. The footballer hoverflies are some of the most common and some of the most distinctive.