I spent some time watching this scene of events – it was fascinating. The rose chafer was feeding on a daisy when a hoverfly deliberately buzzed it, several times, eventually landing on its back. I have no idea why the hoverfly did this. It wasn’t after the flower because when the chafer had had enough of being buzzed and flew away, the hoverfly never returned to the flower.
This is a rare beetle called the Rose Chafer. 3 years ago it visited my garden for the first time, as far as I know, and I was honoured by a request from the SEWBReC (the South East Wales Biodiversity Record Centre) to publish my images at that time – my images were the first modern records held of this species by the SEWBReC, the only other record they had dated back to 1923.
Canon EOS 650D
Canon Ultrasonic 28-90mm lens