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Eristalis tenax (male)

Eristalis tenax (male)
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Pentacon 50/1.8, RAW ISO 400, Extension Tube
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-14 13:29
Viewed: 3499
Points: 2
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SPECIES: Eristalis tenax
this is a male. males don't have space between the eyes.

other pictures of this species here:

thanks Raluca for clarifying my confusion with Epistrophe eligans
Flies in the Diptera family Syrphidae are commonly known as hoverflies, flower flies, or Syrphid flies.

As their common names suggest, 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, aphid-feeding 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 every continent except Antarctica. Hoverflies are harmless despite their mimicry of the black and yellow stripes of wasps, which act to ward off predators.

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Awesome detail shown of the subject. I like the lighting, sharpness, detail and clarity in this "action" pic.

this is not Epistrophe eligans, but Eristalis tenax and indees is a male. The species is very common and easy to recognise it by the two hairy bands from the eyes.
Great picture!

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