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While camping in the Rampart Creek campground on the Icefields Parkway, I did a bit of rock-flipping. There was sparse pickin’s, but I found these two under one rock. Not disturbed by the sudden inversion of their world, the fly, which had a mantid-like stance, immediately pounced on the winged ant (Formica sp.) I quickly brushed them into my macro studio, which separated them, and they declined to perform after that. But neither flew away either – the ant due to a possible misplaced wing and the fly due to its nature – according to Stephen Marshall’s book¹ the fly, called Tachydromia (sub-family Tachydrominae) is an ant-like predator, and, “Although fully winged, they are reluctant to fly.“, which matches the behaviour of my specimen as well.
(Thanks to James Glasier and Jason Dombroskie at the University of Alberta for helping to ID the wee beasties)
(Nikon D80 with a 50mm F1.8 Zuiko lens reverse mounted on a Tamron 90mm macro lens and Kenko Pro 1.4x teleconverter. Lighting – Nikon SB-600 with wide-angle diffuser. Subjects in white bowl.)¹ Marshall, Stephen A. 2006. Insects. Their Natural History and Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America. Firefly Books ISBN-13: 978-1552979006
I have just returned from a 5 day trip to the Banff section of the Icefields Parkway. I based myself at the Rampart Creek campground, and the most visible and prolific late season insect there was this hoverfly (Family Syrphidae, probably an Eristalis sp.). Many volunteered for duty by landing on and in my white studio, so I took advantage of them…
More on my trip will be posted at Voyages Around My Camera and other bugs will be presented here as time permits.
(Nikon D80 with Tamron 90mm DI macro lens on Kenko Pro 1.4x converter. Lighting provided by a Nikon SB-600 flash with a Lumiquest Softbox. All adjustments made in Adobe Lightroom)