Hoverfly - Syrphid Fly - on Bloodroot Wildflower by MotherNature
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Hoverflies are often sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, and they are often mistaken for bees or wasps. The adults feed on nectar and pollen, and can be seen hovering over flowers before landing briefly to sip nectar or eat some pollen. While adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, the larvae eat a wide range of foods such as decomposing plant and animal matter. In some species the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects. This makes them a natural predator and necessary for the balance of nature. Organic control, if you will:>)

As you can imagine, these cute insects can be important in plant pollination. They are completely harmless so don’t be fooled by their bee and wasp mimicry which probably serves to scare away predators.

About 6,000 species are known throughout the world. Hoverflies are found on every continent except Antarctica.

You can read more here: (the first article is the better one)

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artmay07/cd...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Lovely capture

  • If they’d only stay still for longer than half a second! Thank you for visiting:>)

    – MotherNature

  • WildestArt
    WildestArt9 months ago

  • Why thank you, Kay! This is exciting since I rarely win a challenge, even a TOP 10 is BIG NEWS!

    My thanks go out to those who voted for this image – I’m so pleased you liked it:>)

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