Tag Archives: Syrphid Fly

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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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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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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08.01.2020 Well, I went and Katydid it

What I went and did was acquire a twin flash unit which is semi-permanently attached to my 40D and 100 macro.  At 1/250 sec I can actually hold still long enough to capture a sharp image.  Shooting in the yard … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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11.17.2014 The Fleabane and the Fly

Yesterday Steve Scwartzman posted a Hover Fly image and suggested I post one that I mentioned in comment.  This is an oldie, from 2008, that I made along my driveway. Hover, Flower or Syrphid Fly (Toxomerus marginatus) on a Daisy or … Continue reading

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