Category Archives: Syrphidae

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Martagon

One of the more successful plants in our garden are the white Martagon lilies we bought many years ago. They appreciate light shade and do well as a woodland plant. They will self-seed when happy with […]

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Chalcosyrphus plesia (Curran 1925)

From June last year… Very striking in appearance, this hoverfly seems to be mimicking an hymenopteran of some kind. I could find out little about this fly, except that it prefers wooded areas, and that […]

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September in the Cavell Meadows

The winding Edith Cavell road leads up to Mt. Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier. The trail-head leading away from the parking lot allows fairly easy access to alpine meadows, making it one of the […]

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Just stick out your tongue and say “Aaaah”…

Dr. Phymata doing the obligatory health check before proceeding with the operation… (22 September, 2013. Dinosaur Provincial Park. Canon T2i with EF 100mm f2.8 macro lens and diffused flash. ISO 400, 1/200 sec. @ f11)  

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Bald-faced Hornet. Not.

It’s like me, if I were to dress up like a Hells Angel but forget the sawn-off shotgun at home… So what is the point of this subterfuge? Why would a fly want to imitate […]

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Mating Hoverflies on Black

This pair of hover flies (Syrphidae, possibly Allograpta obliqua Genus Sphaerophoria¹) stand out strongly against a black background. In the days of film, when many cameras only had a flash sync. speed of 1/60 sec., and you were […]

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Mission Pollinization – by The Bug Chicks

Their business is bugs. [vodpod id=Video.5901549&w=425&h=350&fv=] Self proclaimed “Bug Dorks”, Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker, are The Bug Chicks.  Together they run a unique venture in Solpugid Productions, an educational company that promotes the science of […]

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Platycheirus at Work

Using an extended proboscis, this slim hoverfly laps pollen from the anthers of a marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) blossom.  Adult Platycheirus sp. (Family Syrphidae) feed on nectar and pollen – unlike the predatory larva which […]

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