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Old 06-13-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Here are a couple of fly(s)

There are 2 pictures of each one. I am not sure about fly(s). They were both loving the coreopsis tickseed (lanceolata).

The first one has some really cool markings!
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:14 AM   #2
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These flies are in the family Syrphidae (flower/hover flies). This is an extremely large family including thousands of species that can vary widely in appearance. For a small sampling, see Syrphid Flies - Syrphidae Photo Gallery by Tom Murray at pbase.com
The larvae (maggots) of quite a few species are predaceous on other small soft-bodied arthropods such as aphids.
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I told him I thought they were hover flies! Cool, thanks for the help!
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:31 PM   #4
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You can hardly see him in that first photo. Great camouflage!
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Thanks for the link, suunto. Some of what I thought were small wasps in my garden are hover flies of a different sort than I'd seen before. It is always fun to learn something new.
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There are 2 pictures of each one. I am not sure about fly(s). They were both loving the coreopsis tickseed (lanceolata).

The first one has some really cool markings!
Yes, cool color and cool markings. I could barely make out more than the head in the first picture at first. Thanks for sharing.
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