Sunday, September 14, 2008

HOVERFLY - CRITTERS SUNDAY


For once no bird or cutie. This is a hoverfly. Often confused with a wasp, but on close examination you can see it clearly not.


Unlike bees and butterflies which have been scarce, I have seen an abundance of these hoverflies
around the nature reserve this year. Has anyone else noticed this too?


Got to run, it's late here and tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Not me, my partner. UK readers, watch or record the Politics Show BBC1. Gary's cartoon srtip will be on, voiced by John Culshaw. You heard that hear first. The first installment of the cartoon strip can be seen at this link BARKER GALLERY BBC POLITICS SHOW

For more wonderful camera critters see MISTY DAWN Camera critters and be sure to leave a nice comment for Misty' s own oustanding posts.

53 comments:

Mimi Lenox said...

These Camera Critters photos are just wonderful this week. I came here also with an invitation.

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B. Roan said...

Until I read your piece, I thought this was a bee. Love the colors. Fantastic shot, as always. BJ

June said...

Very interesting and informative...plus a good picture!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

So THAT'S what a hoverfly looks like. Nice photo on what looks like a thistle blossom. ;-)

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

That is really a nice photo... great detail.. good close up and I appreciate the information!!

Eki Akhwan said...

I like the beautiful details and light of this photo, Babooshka. Very eye-catching.

lv2scpbk said...

They sure do look like a bee. Nice pick for Camera Critters.

dave said...

I thought it was bee. How did you get so close and stay in focus?

magiceye said...

the color of the flower also offsets the bright bee oops the hoverfly..
a very interesting and educative post again. thank you.

April said...

I love this photo of the hoverfly and flower - just gorgeous! I haven't seen too many here lately, but in the spring especially they were everywhere.

Tabib said...

LOVEly macro shot!
Good informative writeup.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty picture. I thought it was a bee until I read below.

Indrani said...

Beautiful hover fly. I love that yellow and black stripes.

Boise Diva said...

I had never heard of such a creature, thanks!

George Townboy said...

Awesome shot!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Interesting insect and gorgeous flower! Lovely photo!

b13 said...

Beautiful. I posted one of these a while ago but never knew so much about them. Thanks :)

A Blog In The Rough said...

Wow, that purple is so shocking. Thanks for the info on the hoverfly, they do look like bees for sure.

Müge Tekil said...

When I first saw this photo I thought it was a bee and ... I even wasn't aware of the existence of such flies until I read your informative article! Thank you for this post! I'm still surprised!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i never knew there was a difference between wasps and hoverflies - never heard of them till now... will look harder!

angela said...

It looks very similar to a wasp. The thistle's a lovely colour too..

Marie Reed said...

I am such a critter Sunday groupie! The purple is quite royal!

kRiZ cPEc said...

it looked like a bee to me when I first saw it, and it still does look like a bee to me. Thanks for the info anyway.

Laurie said...

I don't know if I've ever seen a hoverfly in Los Angeles. Maybe I just confused them with wasps.

Gorgeous closeup, Babooshka.

Aileni said...

We called that a Sun Fly. Haven't seen one for ages. I am not inferring that the sun has been absent for the same period however much a morning like this may suggest it.

si said...

Brilliant close up.

kjpweb said...

Beautiful capture - and so is the Sulby River shot!
Thank you for sharing!
Cheers, Klaus

pts said...

very interesting and beautiful!

i beati said...

striking

Nikki-ann said...

Great capture! :)

Bibi said...

This thistle is one of my favorite colors! Lovely, crisp shot!

KAYE said...

Superb shot.

Webradio said...

Hello Babooshka !

Is it really a fly ? I thought that was a bee...

Thant for the informative article !

Pretty shot !

ratmammy said...

that sure looks like a bee!!

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

My friends always get so mixed up wth wasps and hover-flies, which is annoying because they end up screaming at something completely harmless!
Ciao

Scarlet xx

Sally said...

Love the photo. Great colours.
My daughter still panics when a hoverfly comes around! All she sees is the black and yellow stripes and she's screaming 'WASPPPPPPPP!' before you know it.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

OH! very pretty! Nice, love this and good info too!

Gail's Man said...

If it was doing some vacuum cleaning, would it be a Hooverfly?

Good photo.

Saw the Politics Show today & thought the cartoon of the PM standing in the in his bathing suit and holding a bucket & spade was hilarious. A real work of art!

I'll have to have a look at the link & see what other goodies are on show.

marley said...

That is a stand out photo. Great contrast. Interesting info too.

Thanks for visiting while I've been busy. I'm back to normal now, thankfully!

Gary has got loads to go at! Interesting times ahead!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice photography. Interesting post to read. We also have hover flies similar to this one.

We had the tail end of Hurricane Ike here all day. I lost my cherry tree and a lot of limbs. The neighbors lost three trees and they fell on a power line and that weight broke the power pole. Not a good day here in SW Ohio.

Mine are on Canon Pixels

Misty Dawn said...

Gorgeous photo! I love the color :-D (Purple is my favorite). I like how you put in the educational information too!

Great post.

Virginia said...

B
Thanks for the link to Gary! I enjoyed watching and reading about the show! Love his drawings/cartoons.
V

Ken said...

I have told my family for years these aren't wasps but they still freak out every time they see one so I've given up.

Knoxville Girl said...

How did you get it to sit right in the middle of that flower?

BouBou's said...

So that's what they're called. *L* I couldn't remember, so I just referred to them as imitation bees.

Incredible clarity and colour in this photo. Love it.

A.

Tash said...

Hurray for aphid killers! Double ditto on boubou's statement (I better save 'cause Whiskers is ready to step on the BACKSPACE AGAIN!)

me ann my camera said...

Nice fly photo and interesting to know of its differences from a wasp.

CrazyCath said...

A very clear shot. Well taken.

Gardenia said...

Simply beautiful. What colours!

Bergson said...

colored with details
cheer

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a great shot of the bee, beautiful coloring

Danial said...

Bee it's good because prodiction a honey.

Michelle's Rambling Woods said...

I find the fly very cute..

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