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Hovering in De Cappellenhof. Two Hoverflies on Catsear, De Cappellenhof, Paterswolde, Drenthe, The Netherlands | by Rana Pipiens
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Hovering in De Cappellenhof. Two Hoverflies on Catsear, De Cappellenhof, Paterswolde, Drenthe, The Netherlands

On this first day of Astronomical Autumn the weather was much better than I'd been led to expect so I grabbed my bike to take advantage! I don't often bike along the Eelderdiep, a canal dug towards Paterswolde south of Groningen into Drenthe. I was a little surprised to see near what I knew as the Schelfhorst a little paradise. A true small Edenic Nature Reserve. And there was a gate that could be opened (else of course I'd have climbed over it)! Autumnal beauty all around. When I'd biked further along, I found this to be part of De Cappellenhof, a B&B in the northern Wilds of Drenthe! Anyway... (if anyone can tell me more about the background of this Cappellenhof, and the derivation of its name - whether going back on 'butterfly' or on 'chapel' - please let me know). All was so pretty, I hovered around a while...

Here's one of the marvelous things I saw. Two hoverflies no doubt trying in their perhaps different languages to discuss the merits of Hypochaeris radicata, Catsear, in the Autumn. "Well, OK, you have the pollen; just let me sip the nectar, please."

Indeed, our Helophilus trivittatus and Syrphus ribesii are related but only as distant cousins... A bit like members of the Hominids. They're unlikely to be able to understand each other except for the very basics of self-preservation and foraging for food... But they certainly weren't waging war on each other!

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Taken on September 23, 2012