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Hoverflies : Well its only nature

Its only nature
Nikon D7000, 105mm Macro lens, iso 100
Two hover-flies
Nature photography : Nigel Borrington



Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae. As their common name suggests, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.

Aphids alone cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops worldwide every year; because of this, aphidophagous hoverflies are being recognized as important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators.

About 6,000 species in 200 genera have been described. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals despite their mimicry of more dangerous wasps and bees, which serves to ward off predators.

9 responses

  1. artscottnet

    Incredible shot, Nigel

    July 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    • Hello scott πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much, πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      July 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  2. What a great shot. The birds and the bees………and the hoverflies!

    July 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  3. Nice macro, the framing and colors are cool ! intersting article too πŸ™‚

    July 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    • Hello Guillaume

      Thank you, very welcomed and appreciated comment πŸ™‚

      July 2, 2013 at 12:19 am

  4. A fantastic picture, Nigel! Hope the loved-up pair didn’t mind the voyeur with the macro. πŸ™‚

    July 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  5. Amazing shot! Interesting flies πŸ™‚

    July 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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