Hoverfly on a Shasta daisy

12 07 2017

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WEB Hoverfly on Shasta

Hoverfly (also known as a flower fly or syrphid fly) on a Shasta daisy

Here’s a random fact I just came across: there is a flower fly found only in the cloud forests of Costa Rica that is named for Bill Gates (Bill Gates’ flower fly). Another one is named after Gates’ associate Paul Allen (Paul Allen’s flower fly). The flies were named such in recognition of their “great contributions to the science of Dipterology” (From the order Diptera, which includes insects that use just two wings to fly)

So now you know, too. You’re welcome. 😁

But wait! There’s more! Curiosity took me to a site that answered my burning question—how long do hoverflies live? A lot shorter life than I imagined! Here’s the answer:

Their live span is similar to other flies. They can live anywhere between 15 to 30 days and it all depends on the climate and temperature they are in.

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Flower Fly on French Marigold ‘Disco Red’

6 08 2013

Flower Fly or Hover Fly (Syrphidae) on French Marigold ‘Disco Red’ (Tagetes patula ‘Disco Red’), photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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Flower fly





Flower fly on Cranesbill (Geranium)

3 06 2012

Flower fly or Hover fly (Syrphidae) on Cranesbill; photographed at Brookside Gardens

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Hoverfly on Rhodiola

7 05 2012

Hoverfly or Flower fly (Syrphidae) on Rhodiola (Rhodiola kirilowii); photographed at Green Spring Gardens. This Flower fly was especially tiny—measuring about 1/6 of an inch!

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Flower Fly on Jacob’s Ladder

1 05 2012

Flower Fly or Hoverfly (Syrphidae) on Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans), a Virginia native plant; photographed at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

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Same time, last year: Hoverfly on African daisy

24 03 2012

Originally posted March 24, 2011

Hoverfly (Syrphidae), also known as Flower fly, on an African daisy (Dimorphotheca aurantiaca)

I found this image in my archives recently—photographed at Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island north of Victoria, Canada three years ago. If you’re a garden lover or love to photograph gardens, put this place at the top of your “to visit” list. It is spectacular!

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Nursery Web Spider on Japanese White Anemone

11 09 2011

The late afternoon light illuminating this Japanese White Anemone bloom is what first caught my eye. Then I noticed the spider. At first glance, I thought, “what an unusual spider with extra antennae and a striped head.” It wasn’t until I looked through my macro lens that I saw what it really was—a Nursery Web Spider (I’m fairly confident with the i.d.) consuming a Hoverfly for dinner! Alas, poor Hoverfly. (Of course, spiders have to eat, too). Photographed at Green Spring Gardens

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