Hoverfly on Coneflower

29 08 2010

Hoverfly (also known as a flower flies) photographed on a Coneflower (Echinacea). These tiny flies have honey bee-like markings, but are harmless. Many species of hoverfly larvae prey upon pest insects, such as aphids and leafhoppers, making them a natural means of reducing the levels of pests. Hoverflies also like alyssum, buckwheat, chamomile, parsley and yarrow.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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30 08 2010
KathyM.

Gorgeous!!

31 08 2010
thekingoftexas

I am in complete agreement with KathyM (I have to agree with her—she’s my neighbor!).

The orange and brown bands on the bee reminds me of the costume my mother made me for my acting debut at least a century ago.

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