Yesterday evening, while we were enjoying our dinner, two more flying things looked as if they wanted to join us. This time, it was a couple of female Scorpion Flies (Panorpa communis) which settled on the patio doors. The female is easily separated from the male by looking at the red 'tail'. In the female, it is short and straight, while in the male, it curls up and back on itself, giving it the look of a scorpion's sting - hence the name. A strange looking beastie!
Another odd-looking fly was to be found on our Pyracantha bush this morning. This one turned out to be a Dance Fly (sometimes called Dagger Flies) and has the tongue-twister scientific name Rhamphomyia sulcata.
It's amazing what can be seen from the back garden!