Friday, July 22, 2005

Male Hover/Syrphid fly on Gypsophila

Male Hover/Syrphid fly on Gypsophila
Latin name: Toxomerus sp.

Havn't posted an image for a while. Here's one of a very small (about 6mm) Hover/Syrphid fly that was resting on a Baby's Breath (Gypsophila) flower bud in our front yard garden last weekend.

I like this photo because even with the small size of the fly it provides good detail. Additionally, it is in a pretty well ideal pose, not completely horizontal but stilll giving a full view of the form of the fly. Finally, Hover flies just don't stay still very often. Getting a shot of one is a bit of an accomplishement.

Note the good view of the vestigal rear wings now used for balance only.