Friday, 27 June 2014

Flower (or Hover) Flies Fill the Gap... 

Last fall, when both butterflies and odonates were scarce, I became interested in the beautiful flower flies, also called hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphinae). This year I've continued this short love affair, which now threatens to continue over the long haul, and have been taking photos of every new and different fly that I see. This fly—you can easily see the bright yellow halteres behind the wings in this shot—is a female Sphaerophoria contigua, is no more than about 9 mm (about 3/8") long, and was photographed at Roaches Pond Park in Spryfield on June 12.

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