Mining Bee Andrea flavipesThis lovely Yellow-legged Mining Bee was spotted at Poltesco, enjoying both the Alexanders and the sunshine.
Photo: Andy Pay

HornetHornets are not anything like as fearsome as they look.
Photo: Ray Surridge

Chrysotoxum elegansDid you know hoverflies form an important group of pollinators? Read on to find out more about them from local hoverfly enthusiast Andy Pay.
Photo: Andy Pay

Oedemera nobilisLook out for the sparkling copper-green of the Swollen-thighed Beetle on flowerheads on hot sunny summer days. 
Photo: Amanda Scott

Chrysotoxum elegansThe striking and nationally scarce hoverfly Chrysotoxum elegans is often found near the coasts of south-west England and southern Wales. Poltesco is a good place to look for it.
Photo: Andy Pay

Western Bee-flyThe Western Bee-fly is a fairly rare species in the UK – it has been spotted on The Lizard, both near Kennack and at Poltesco.
Photo: Tony Blunden

Beautiful DemoiselleFemale Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies have browner wings than the more vibrantly coloured males, but are still delicately lovely. They’ll be on the wing from now until the early autumn.
Photo: Terry Thirlaway

Dasysyrphus albostriatusSpring and summer usher in hoverflies - there are so many species that only a handful have common names.
Photo: Andy Pay