365 Nature – Day 184

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Daisies are one of the flowers growing in our yard that came with the house. They’ve been eagerly growing in numbers over the last four years around the yard, but I don’t much mind as the syrphid flies seem to really like the flowers. Today I spent some time watching all the insects visiting the flat, yellow composite flowers. There were a number of different syrphid, or hover flies, of many sizes. Shiny green flies also regularly visited as did a few carpet beetles, honey bees and one Blood-red Lady Beetle. One insect patrolled the top layer of flowers, chasing off anything it came across, but whether it was a Honey Bee or syrphid fly, I couldn’t say.

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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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