Tag Archives: hoverfly


Winter Focus-stacking Prep.

Lots to learn… One of my winter projects was to get to know the Stackshot focus-stacking system. However, this was difficult due to two problems: lack of subjects and too short a winter (you won’t […]

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A Thread-waisted Wasp–Ammophila

Last year I posted on the hoverfly that had its mouth-parts trapped by an ambush bug. That picture was taken toward the end of September, when flowering plants on the prairie are not very numerous. […]

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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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Farewell to Pollinator Week

Pollinator Week ended in the United States yesterday, but let’s not forget about these essential critters. I could have called it “Plight of the Bumblebees“, but here are some that are doing well in our city […]

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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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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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Parasitoid, Predator and Prey

A parasitic wasp of the genus Callaspidia (Hymenoptera, Family Figitidae, Subfamily Aspiceratinae) laying eggs in a syrphid (hoverfly) larva. Photographed on 31 July, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta. This is similar to one of the photographs […]

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Studio Volunteer

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 […]

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