07.17.2019 Downy False-foxglove

One of the Quabbin Park wildflowers I look forward to every year is this lovely spike-Aureolaria virginica.

Most of the time I spent with these flowers I shared with bumblebees and the little Syrphids aka hover flies-possibly Toxomerus sp.

Most of the time the hover flies just sat of the lip of the flower and some had actually died there. I saw a few get ‘bullied’ out of the flower by the bumbles. The wings often get a stained glass effect which is a treat to capture.

Here’s an old image of one on a daisy fleabane along my driveway. from 2008 showing off the wings.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 07.17.2019 Downy False-foxglove

  1. You’ve got a hefty dose of yellow in those first two pictures. And what crisp detail you offer in the final image. With your conjecture about Toxomerus I’d say you’re hovering over the right genus.

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    • I underexposed by a 1/3 stop to keep control of the yellows. You probably have experienced how easily they blow out. That third image is one of my favorites and has stood the test of time fairly well. Original 5D and converted through a very old version of ACR.


  2. Ms. Liz says:

    I’m glad you’ve shown the “old” image again, it’s really beautiful and so delicate. I also very much like the golden flowers.

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    • Thank you, Liz. As I mentioned to Steve, the older image is one of my favorites and, happily, I only had to step out of our front door to make it. There is a second false-foxglove species that I’ll photograph later in the summer and both have rich yellow blooms.

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  3. Lovely images here. I really like yellow flowers but I’ll take any color because I just love flowers.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    I really like that first image, such a great subject and composition showing all the stages of the flower, and at a beautiful angle. Really nice. And, of course, gotta love the insects. I agree with everyone else, that last photo is fantastic.

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    • They are lovely flowers with such rich color. I look forward to them every year and the fern-leaved too. In the last the f lower is nice, but the fly wins the prize. I made another image of just the flower but it doesn’t have the same appeal at all. Even an insect adds the spark of life that makes wildlife photography so popular.


  5. Pete Hillman says:

    Such beautiful yellows Steve. Nice capture of the hoverfly.

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  6. Ann Mackay says:

    Great photographs! I love the close-up of the False-foxglove with the hoverfly. 🙂

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I always enjoy the iridescence in hoverfly wings, and you’ve captured it nicely in both photos. I enjoyed your comment about the yellows ‘blowing out,’ too. I’ve always had a terrible time with yellows, and it’s good to know it’s an issue for others, too.

    I just can’t believe the detail in that last photo. If I ever manage something like that, I’ll die happy (although I’d rather put it off for a while).

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    • Yes, many folks experience yellow’s difficulties, especially on waxy flowers like these.It is much easier to brighten other aspects of the photograph than recover, if possible, the overexposed highlights.
      Sometimes our best images are those which we haven’t planned or expected. I was making a portrait of the daisy fleabane and wasn’t even thinking about insects when the fly landed on the bloom. Lucky me. Yup, no reason to rush things.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    The false foxglove is a new one to me – beautiful! And the hoverfly photos are fantastic.

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    • Yes, that second hover fly continues to satisfy after all these years. Quite often we look at our old work and see all the imperfections we’ve learned to notice but this one holds up well. Watching the bees, sadly mostly bumbles, go in the blooms is great entertainment. Most are really too large to fit and have a hard time turning to get out.

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