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Eat, Prey, LOVE
After that grim post of August 21st, I must follow-up with a happier one. This is about hover flies or flower flies, members of the Syrphid family. To me, these tiny little bee mimics are beautiful and happy creatures. Why I anthropomorphize "happy" I don't know. Maybe it's the way they fly about with great energy and gusto. Maybe it's their ability to move their wings so fast that they hover in one place like a hummingbird or kestrel but on a minute scale. Whenever I see them I smile. Here are a few pictures from last summer:
One late afternoon this summer I was in Brookline with my camera. The sun was low and shining directly on a long patch of weeds and flowers. Hover flies abounded and a number of them were in mating pairs. Oh Joy! This pair stayed on this seed-head for the longest time. They didn't seem to mind my presence at all. Happy little flies, yes?
Keywords: diptera, flies, hover flies, insect mating behavior
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