Hoverfly on Euphorbia
|Copyright: Ungureanu Liviu (Apashu)
|Date Taken: 2011-04-22|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-01-10 9:36|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|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.
Euphorbia amygdaloides, the wood spurge, is a European plant in the genus Euphorbia.
It reproduces both from seeds and root runners that spread underground then sprout new plants. It often grows to a height of 80 cm, and has dark green leaves about 6 cm long. The complex green-yellow inflorescence (cyathium) typical of Euphorbia appears between April and June. The milky latex of the plant is toxic and it can cause irritation on contact with the skin.
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WOW this is so vibrant and interesting POV, fun macro capture. Love it! (you make me want to get my macro lens out) but its so cold in Florida even the insects hide!
- [2012-01-11 3:24]
Very beautiful hoverfly on lovely flower, very colorful image. tfs.
this is a wonderful shot of this fly. You did a great job capturing it. Beautiful detail and sharpness. Have a great weekend, Bill