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

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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