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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Syrphid Snapshots

The Aloe plicatalis is blooming again and I caught this syrphid fly snacking at one of the flowers on a sunny recent day.

The fly adjourned to another flower to clean itself off:
First the rear

Then the face.

Cute as they are, syphids are still flies after all.  Not sure of the species on this one; my lack of a dorsal view makes it hard to use the distinctive bee-like coloration and pattern for help in identification.


biobabbler said...

Glad you posted this. I may have seen one (or a few) recently, so I'll have to study your photos, look them up, and stare at MY photos. Thanks! =)

vanessa cardui said...

Yeah, syrphids are the best. The larvae feed on aphids, an added bonus feature to this group of flies.