Tag Archives: diptera

09.05.2021 Lovely Mimic

One should be careful what you swat.  I bet your first impulse is that this is a scary wasp or hornet and a threat.  That was mine too. But it is a Hoverfly mimicking a hornet. Eastern Hornet Fly-Spilomyia longicornis. I … Continue reading

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08.25.2021 The buzz here is about beauty

I actually have not heard these buzz at all. Those who know me are aware that a mosquito almost killed me and I hate them. Well, that changed when I met this one. They only eat nectar and the youths … Continue reading

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07.28.2021 A favorite visitor-Eastern Calligrapher

Do you have a favorite fly?  How about a favorite Hoverfly? This is mine.  These are tiny pollinators that do indeed hover.  They can fly backwards, maybe other flies do also, and their wings often iridesce. There is just a … Continue reading

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07.08.2021 Say hello to my little friend.

I’ve been chasing these little long-legged flies-Condylostylus patibulatus for a few days.  They seem to sense autofocus and just as it gets sharp in the viewfinder…gone! I got a bunch of out of focus blurs until this one decided to … Continue reading

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09.01.2020 Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Harry was a fly

If you were expecting a bear, sorry to disappoint.  But if you thought it was a fly, well a fly I can do. Another Tachinid Fly actually. Last night to end the month I went out in the yard and … Continue reading

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08.15.2020 Bee fly

This morning I went to a co-workers home and cut up a large maple branch that had fallen a week ago during a strong wind.  So I figured I’d just wander around the yard with the 40D and flash before … Continue reading

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06.16.2020 Let us flee said the fly…

but then he just sat there since there wasn’t a flea with whom to fly. Funny…I’ve never quite understood that as fleas don’t fly.  Of course, let’s jump said the fly wouldn’t carry the same cachet.

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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 … Continue reading

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01.22.2015 Erotica….PG-13

The other day, Steve S. wondered if Erotica would be next up from me.  I don’t have too much that would qualify, but there is this…..Making sure the night will have firefly lights (Photuris sp.)   Spotted Thyris moths ( … Continue reading

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