Hoverflies.

by Vivienne Albiston June. 06, 2018 240 views

The hydrangea is covered in these little things.

What is the easy way to confirm if a fly is a hoverfly?

As for many Diptera looking at venation characteristics takes identification one stage further. To confirm an insect is a hoverfly one of their most characteristic features is the presence of a longitudinal false vein in the wing. In hoverflies a greater part of the edge of the wing is without veins. The vein running all the way to the edge in most flies (radial), only reaches the last transverse vein, not the edge in a hoverfly's upper outer cross vein (A) and lower outer cross vein . Another feature of hoverflies is the so-called 'floating vein' (B). This vein just ends nowhere. Usually veins end either at the edge of the wing or in another vein. Both these features being present means you are actually looking at a hoverfly.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 4 months ago

The most clear shot of hoverflies - EVER!
I'm not fast enough - all my pictures end up blurry.

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Vivienne Albiston Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 4 months ago

These little guys were just way interested in the hydrangea they were crawling all over..

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Joe Zink 1 year, 4 months ago

Wow, nicely photographed, Vivienne!

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Vivienne Albiston Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks glad you enjoyed them.

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 4 months ago

amazingly clear & detailed photos.. and you taught me something, i think i confuse these little dudes with what we call "sweat bees" here..

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Vivienne Albiston Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 4 months ago

They don`t bite have no sting, and they mimic looking like a bee to stop other stuff eating them..win, win really.smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks for all the info Vivienne. Great details

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Vivienne Albiston Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Glad you found it interesting.

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Heidi Egerman 1 year, 4 months ago

These are wonderful images.

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Vivienne Albiston Replied to Heidi Egerman 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks, the hoverflies were very obliging. So interested in nectar feeding I got real close.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Vivienne Albiston 1 year, 4 months ago

Well, they are stunning. I aspire to take such great macro shots. blush

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Vivienne Albiston Replied to Heidi Egerman 1 year, 4 months ago

You will, don`t worry.

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