07.25.2019 Nectaring Hoverfly After a Day of Rain

This little Hover Fly or Syrphid Fly (Allograpta obliqua-Common Oblique Syrphid) aka Flower Fly was having a nice nectar dinner next to our driveway Wednesday afternoon. A little more intimate than the shot I shared the other day.

What a lovely little pollinator.

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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8 Responses to 07.25.2019 Nectaring Hoverfly After a Day of Rain

  1. Todd Henson says:

    I always love seeing these little creatures up close. This one’s wings have some of that nice iridescence you mentioned before.

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    • They are cute little flies but the wings are what make them so enjoyable. I’ve been fortunate to capture hover flies several times…always on flower. Hence one of their common names.


  2. These little flies are great in their own right. The purple and yellow of the flower add to the pleasure.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I do enjoy these little flies. The variety of patterns they display is remarkable, and that iridescence you’re so good at capturing adds to the appeal. I’m puzzled by the flower. It’s got the hairy center of a spiderwort, but I’ve never seen a white spiderwort with a purple center. This must be another New England specialty.

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    • Yep, they’re little beauties aren’t they?

      As for the spiderwort, they do vary. Here’s one I posted before we started following each other. GoBotany shows their variability. One of my favorite images is of these paler varieties. I don’t find it on the blog and, if I still don’t later, I may post it one of these days. I am not sure whether it just occurs in New England.


  4. Pete Hillman says:

    Beautiful shot Steve. I really like those colours.

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