bloody hover flies

  • belovedlavender on Friday, 2nd May 2008

    Does anyone know how to get rid of hover flies or what it is that attracts them? I cannot go out in my garden without them flying everywhere. I have a very small garden next to a river. All ideas would be gratefully appreciated.

  • Message 2. Posted by daintiness on Friday, 2nd May 2008 permalink

    Why would you want to get rid of them? They don't sting, don't bite, their larvae eat aphids and they pollinate our flowers!

  • Message 3. Posted by Calendula on Friday, 2nd May 2008 permalink

    I'm not sure why you would want to. They don't sting and the larvae are voracious consumers of pests like aphids and thrips. Adults eat nectar and pollen so they are pretty much going to be everywhere. There are so many different species and their flying skills are truly amazing.

  • Message 4. Posted by Calendula on Friday, 2nd May 2008 permalink

    Snap daintiness!

  • Message 5. Posted by daintiness on Friday, 2nd May 2008 permalink

    Come on beloved lavender how do you plead?Let's hear your defence!

  • Message 6. Posted by Jackiejakes on Friday, 2nd May 2008 permalink

    Wish you could send them my way, I'm growing plants especially to encourage them into my garden to help get rid of any aphids! smiley - smiley

  • Message 7. Posted by Greengirl on Friday, 2nd May 2008 permalink

    Are you sure they're hoverflies? They look a little like wasps, but thinner & smaller. Seems like your flies might be midges, mosquitoes or other water loving flies instead 7 sorry, I don't know how to get rid of them. I certainly wouldn't want rid of hoverflies as the others have said.

  • Message 8. Posted by piggy on Sunday, 4th May 2008 permalink

    Hover flies are exquisite and we can see them close up because they hover. They are one of our natural predators; their larvae are the black headed thin maggots seen eating aphids, so they are attracted to sugar to lay their eggs on what they think is an aphid infestation. (may be you spilled some beer?) But I wonder if you are having the same trouble as many of us are with garden midges, culicoides obsoletus, like big hump-backed black highland midges, but with BIG TEETH that bite and itch and itch and itch and itch!

  • Message 9. Posted by belovedlavender on Monday, 5th May 2008 permalink

    thank you everyone for your response, sorry I didn't get back sooner, have been offline for a couple of days since posting question. Well it seems that everyone loves these insects so I suppose I should just accept them and be grateful for the good work they are doing for my garden. Definately not midgies, I know the difference but thanks for suggestion, I would rather have hoverflies than midgies, is anyone going to defend them?

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