Hoverfly Myathropa florea On Ivy Flowers

e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuserRegistered Users Posts: 2,983 Major grins

These were quite numerous a few days ago. The first and last are males and I think the other two are females. The dark background is deep shade under dense shrubs.

Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 x2 TC, Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f11, hand-held.



  • Paul IddonPaul Iddon Major grins Registered Users Posts: 4,960 Major grins

    Nice. Are these on an Ivy plant?


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  • e6filmusere6filmuser e6filmuser Registered Users Posts: 2,983 Major grins
    edited August 29, 2021

    @Paul Iddon said:
    Nice. Are these on an Ivy plant?


    Thanks, Paul.

    Yes. The flowers are inconspicuous but are an important late summer source of nectar for honey bees, wasps and hoverflies.

    Today I found a couple of _Volucella zonaria_on the same flowers and got over 270 images, including several stereo pairs. They didn't seem to mind my presence, so long as I made only small movements.

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