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Feather-legged Fly - Trichopoda pennipes by MotherNature

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The Feather-Legged Fly is names for the fancy “leggings” on the rear pair of legs. They are actually kind of pretty in their black and orange colors. The thing I really, truly love about them is they parasitize squash bugs (stink bugs). Keep these flies alive and well if you see them around your yard:>)

This picture was taken at the Green Lane Reservoir in Red Hill, Pennsylvania, USA, on September 24, 2012.

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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 1 year ago

    Superb close-up

  • Thanks a bunch! I love that they are parasites of squash bugs:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 1 year ago

    What a beauty….. and so crisp.

  • This is a delightful comment, Larry – many thanks:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture, Carol

  • Thank you, Elfriede:>) I was taken with those feathery legs – LOL.

    – MotherNature

  • lensbaby
    lensbabyover 1 year ago

    Great shot Carol! I love the way you captured this!

  • Aren’t they hysterical looking! Thank you, my dear, for your wonderful support:>)

    – MotherNature

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Amazing capture!!

  • Thank you for those lovely words, painting sheep! I’m also grateful for the FAVE:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    that’s a weird insect. never saw that. great find MotherNature

  • We have an influx – not appreciated – of stink bugs. These guys are parasitic to stink bugs so they are my new, best friend!

    – MotherNature

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Fantastic capture!!!

  • So lovely of you to say so, Viv:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 1 year ago

    Fabulous capture. I need some here to get all the Sink bugs we get here in the Fall in Virginia.

  • I’ll try to tell them to visit you, but they have so many delicious stink (I mean “sink”) bugs here!

    – MotherNature

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 1 year ago

    I mean Stink Bugs! We get too many!

  • I am the typo queen! Are you trying to move in on m,e?

    – MotherNature

  • Karl Tattersall
    Karl Tattersallover 1 year ago

    That is one crazy looking fly – thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks a million, Karl!

    – MotherNature

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