For a split second I thought this was an Asian hornet (which would have been bad news). Then I realised its face and the way it flew and everything about it was saying "fly" so I went and looked it up. It is Volucella zonaria, the hornet mimic hoverfly.
I was out cutting some black locust today, and after cutting up one tree, I go back where I started and crawling out of a small hole in the trunk was a slug! I was quite surprised and a slug is probably the last thing I ever thought I would see crawl out of the interior of a tree.
"Study books and observe nature; if they do not agree, throw away the books." ~ William A. Albrecht
I've been taking photographs of all the black parsley swallowtail caterpillars I find in my garden. I don't really see them as a garden pest like cabbage butterfly (Pieris sp.) caterpillars. If they pose any real threat to my parsley or carrots, I simply move them to a new host plant. The adult butterflies are beautiful anyway.
I've grown accustomed to my morning routine. Coffee, dogs out and standing by the Mexican sunflowers loaded with Bumbles and Monarchs. This A.M. 11/13/2019 I noticed that there is no activity and two of the flowers have dead bumbles on them. Frost I think but very strange. I though Bumbles nested at night?
A weed is but an unloved flower. Ella Wheeler Wilcox