Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

In the fields behind my house, where I walk most days, there are many stinging nettles on the path side. On one particular day I noticed that the top of the nettle had something all around it….you could say ‘enveloped‘ by a web looking thing (technical jargon I know, but I think you understand!).

"Oh," I thought, "I remember…small tortoiseshell butterflies lay their eggs on nettles…."

“Oh,” I thought, “I remember…small tortoiseshell butterflies lay their eggs on nettles….”

In a few days this happens…..

In a few days this happens…..

They start to grow….

They start to grow….

and grow.

and grow.

And here’s what the adult small tortoiseshell looks like….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

Whilst out walking between showers today I saw this strange thing fly in front of me. It seemed rather awkward and as if it was a little heavy for itself!

Then I realised it was my old mate Emp (Empis Tessellata to give him his full name).

Only he had attached himself to what I believe to be his dinner!

His dinner was more than likely feeling a little ‘enveloped’ and NOT in a good way!

Emp belongs to the family of Dagger flies, in case you were wondering!

Emp belongs to the family of Dagger flies, in case you were wondering!

The view from above! Apparently the name 'dagger flies' refers to long pointed proboscis that they sometimes uses to pierce other insects.

The view from above!
Apparently the name ‘dagger fly’ refers to long pointed proboscis that they sometimes use to pierce other insects.

Yep, definitely a bit of piercing going on here! "For goodness sake!" hissed Emp in an irritated manner, "Can't you see I'm busy?"

Yep, definitely a bit of piercing going on here!
“For goodness sake!” hissed Emp in an irritated manner, “Can’t you see I’m busy? AND he is quite heavy!”

That’s All!

See Ya xx