David Hodson

David Hodson

Posted on 07/18/2015

Photo taken on July 18, 2015

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A hoverfly feeding on Ragwort

A hoverfly feeding on Ragwort
Although beautiful, Ragwort is a menace. Ragwort is rarely a problem in gardens but may occur in pony paddocks, railway embankments and areas of unimproved pasture. Cattle and horses are particularly susceptible to poisoning. Cutting, wilting and the treatment with herbicides make ragwort more palatable to livestock and poisoning mainly arises from eating contaminated hay.

Common ragwort produces large numbers of seeds which are dispersed by the wind.

The Weeds Act specifies five injurious weeds: common ragwort, spear thistle, creeping or field thistle, broad-leaved dock and curled dock. The Ragwort Control Act 2003 (which amends the Weeds Act 1959), imposes a duty of responsibility on landowners to effectively control Senecio jacobaea, preventing its spread onto grazing land.

Roy Lowry has particularly liked this photo

Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry
Excellent drone fly macro.
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Roy Lowry
I have always liked hoverflies and drone flies, I know little about them, but I love watching them.
2 years ago.