08.04.2022 If You Like Hover Flies

It’s almost 100° in the shade this afternoon but I try to get out in the yard every day and insects are quite active in the hot sun.  I saw a lot of cool wasps and when I wandered into the woods to check out the Boneset in there I saw this.

Wavy Mudsucker-Orthonevra nitida, a Syrphid Fly.  Look at them peepers! iNaturalist lists its common name but BugGuide seems to only recognize the Latin.  7D Mark II, 100 macro Mark II, MT26EX twin flash.

This is not a big guy as you might tell from the Boneset leaf texture. I used Lightroom’s Enhance feature to increase the file size so I could crop it large enough for the details to show. The Lightroom masking allowed me to separate the fly a little bit more out from the leaf.  The second half of the binomial means “shining” which the flash enhanced. I love Hover Flies and this guy really stands out among them.

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 08.04.2022 If You Like Hover Flies

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, what crazy eyes – great find, Steve! Brave of you to go outside… I cannot stand the heat!

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    • Usually “crazy eyes” describes someone we want to keep at a distance. 😀 I am not enjoying the heat either but was enjoying chasing insects in the yard. Mary Beth had to call me in before I succumbed. 🙂

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  2. What a photo. The fly looks like an alien.

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  3. Great catch. I like the meandering brown trails on those large eyes.
    English has carried over the Latin adjective you mentioned as the learned word nitid:
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nitid#English

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  4. shoreacres says:

    The patterns in the eyes look like the tunnels left by leaf miners. I love the name “Wavy mudsucker.” It reminded me of something, but it took all day to remember that I had a friend on Weather Underground who referred to computers as “infernal persnickety timesuckers.”

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    • When I first saw the name I thought of the guy partly responsible for Woodstock. I think he’d like the connection. Computers can be timesuckers aka rabbit holes.
      I’ve found a few insects with eyes that are enjoyable to gaze into such as this one. Apparently not all compound eyes are the same.

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  5. Great image Steve! That is one interesting looking fly! Almost looks golden!

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  6. Dave Ply says:

    Great details! Especially as flies aren’t all that well known for staying put on a warm afternoon, especially with an alien mother ship (camera/lens/flashes) moving in on their airspace.

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    • This one was supping on nectar and probably a little unaware of my presence. But I do find that even while dining a lot of insects are jumpy. I try to convince them I mean no harm but somehow the message doesn’t get through. Thanks, Dave.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, I mean, how can eyes look like that! So cool!!

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  8. Awesome metallic looking insect … and the leaf has an interesting texture too!

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    • It is a beauty and those eyes are mesmerizing. Boneset has wonderful texture and is one of the few plants with the leaves joined with the stem passing between them. I am lucky to have quite a few clumps of them here in the yard.

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  9. Todd Henson says:

    Wow, those really are some unusual eyes. I don’t remember seeing anything quite like them.

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