Memory of summer: Wasp mimic (28)
|With the cold winter settling in in a deeper manner, my soul longs for some sunny summer weather, when flowers < and insects > are plentyful: |
From last summer we have another hoverfly, aka flower-fly or mimic-fly, of the Diptera family Syrphidae, on the flower of a cinquefoil bush, the Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa), which is also known as Tundra-rose. Its flowers run from a pale yellow to a rich yellow. I think the hoverfly is the wasp mimic ( perhaps Temnostoma sp. ) Can anyone confirm this?
These flies have the appearance of a wasp and in that manner try to fool potential preditors, who may have had unfortunate experiences with wasps... Flower-spiders, however, are not fooled, as I have seen
a hoverfly trapped by a crab-spider.
This hoverfly is busy on a cinquefoil, right after we had a little bit of rain; so everything was nice and fresh.
More info. And in "Norsk".
PS I have also done a "sharpen to the bone" version, which shows the fly and the flower sharpened.
This sharper version is in WS. I personally prefer the "softer" one which is more the way I saw it.