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Syrphid Hoverfly


Syrphid Hoverfly
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-11-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cyber shot HX50V
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-30 22:03
Viewed: 1020
Points: 4
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This is my first view of this species of Syrphid Hoverfly. I found it on a withered leaf yesterday morning. It was much smaller than an Eristalinus hoverfly which I have shot and shared here several times.
Here is a brief note on Syrphids:

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, aphid-eating 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 wards off predators.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-12-01 11:45]

Hi Ram,so small and so nice,a perfect macro shwoing us this insect in the best sharpness from above,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Thanks a for sharing photo and information. Hover flies are farmer's friend. They are what we call biological control agents.
Bala

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