Hoverfly on Clemone flower

26 06 2011

While I was photographing this Cleome flower at Brookside Gardens, this little Hoverfly (also known as a Flower Fly or Syrphid Fly) flew back and forth to the end of the flower (hence the name, “hover”). I didn’t notice the even tinier little yellow bug (perhaps an aphid or a thrip—or maybe even Hoverfly larvae?) sharing the “tightrope.”

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about this very tiny insect here. In the UK, there is a group called the Hoverfly Recording Scheme (HRS), who keep tabs on more than 150 different species of Hoverflies in Britain.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.




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