National Insect Week returns in 2020
(Ancient Greek - ortho = sheath ; pteron = wing)
Often found in larger gardens where grass and native trees are allowed to go a little wild, feed on plants.
Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.