Tag Archives: diptera

08.10.2022 Our friend the Robber Fly

They seem to be mean little guys.  They eat other insects including flies.  But, aside from being part of the balance Nature supports, they also keep pests under control. Robber Fly-Efferia aestuans male with Striped Deer Fly-Chrysops vittatus. The image … Continue reading

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08.10.2022 Another new one for the year

I love having titles like this.  Diversity rules! I noticed this little fly from afar as I was visiting the larger of two Boneset plants in our small woods. It was so small and skinny I wasn’t sure from that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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07.31.2022 Hooray for Holcocephala

I’ve been hoping for robber flies all summer and finally saw one yesterday.  It’s quite a looker with those big goo goo googly eyes. I was pretty happy with that shot but shifted around the Showy Tick-trefoil plant and got … Continue reading

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06.18.2022 Stained Glass WIngs

Among the many reasons we encourage wildflowers in the yard are the insects.  And among the reasons we encourage Daisy Fleabanes are the various species of Syrphid or Hoverflies they attract. And among the many reasons I like to see … Continue reading

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06.17.2022 A third entry anyone?

Every once in a while I get carried away with multiple posts.  And this one is in bad taste too. If you are ever at an outdoor cafe and asked “What’ll you have?” as this guy flies by don’t say … Continue reading

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06.05.2022 Let me introduce you to my little friend

Off the top of my head, and so far during the time I have been photographing entomology subjects, this is probably my favorite insect, or maybe my favorite fly, and definitely my favorite snipe fly. While visiting Brickyard Conservation Area … Continue reading

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06.02.2022 In flagrante delicto-Cranefly Style

When I visited MacLeod Field here in Amherst Monday morning, I was hoping to find either some early summer wildflowers, I did not, or insects, I did. Apparently May 30th is the special day for whatever species of Tipula this … Continue reading

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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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