A hoverfly at tomato flowers: drawing by Michael  Viney

For me, summer will be confirmed when I am stopped in my tracks by a glint in the air a step or two ahead of me: a spark of pure sunlight with just a (...)

Hoverflies: many are farmer friendly. Illustration: Michael Viney

On one of those mornings with a sky full of sun, the ocean flat and aquamarine right out to the islands, I kept my usual summer appointment with a hov(...)

Hoverflies: they come with the gift of bilocation. Illustration: Michael Viney

One of the good days brought a swallow and a hoverfly into the same frame of my delight, the first zooming past the gable just to let me know t(...)