Margined Calligrapher

This is a uniquely designed fly, in fact, it’s a good fly to have around according to insectidentification.org, because of two things. One: they are a pollinator and two they eat aphids!

Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

I am hoping to capture some video of this fly. While observing I noticed it would lift it’s abdomen up and down while gathering nectar.

Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

https://bugguide.net/node/view/8221

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Flower-Fly-Toxomerus-Marginatus

 

 

Bee-mimic Robber Fly

Interesting character…Sometimes you just have to observe, just watch and observe even if it is just for a few minutes.

It’s one of those things when you are focusing on one thing, and you surprisingly see something else. This is one of the moments. I hardly ever get a chance to photograph this species because they are too quick and non-approachable. However, this one was just as curious of me as I was of it.

Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

As I inched my way closer while watching him try to nab some lunch. He noticed me and decided to check me out. Came right up to me, circled me and when back to the leaf.

Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden
Bee Killer | May 7 | Alice Mary Herden

I was able to change my lens and put my macro on and as you can tell it wasn’t easy getting a shot.

Bee Killers are in the Robber Fly family and mimic the flight sound of bumblebees.


Updated.. Bee-mimic Robber Flies


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/flies/bee_killers.htm

Hunchback Bee Fly

First time I have seen this fly at Chassahowitzka WMA, at first I thought it was a Robber Fly. So with a little bit of research, I found this to be a Hunchback Bee Fly.

Hunchback bee fly 2
Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018

I think this Bee fly is a little big for that juvenile Green Lynx spider, got to give it credit for its encouragement.

Hunchback bee fly 3
Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018
Hunchback bee fly
Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018

So from what I read… These flies gather towards yellow colored flowers. The flower above is a Leavenworth’s Tickseed..

Flies like this Hunchback Bee Fly are great pollinators and rarely get the credit they deserve. So here’s to all those Hunchback Bee Flies.. “You are appreciated!”

 


Links

https://eyeonnature.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/hunchback-bee-fly/

 

Hanging Thieves

Now this guy is in the Robber Fly family and what make it unique is they have a ability to hang by its forelegs while consuming their meal.

Hanging Thieves
Hanging Thieves | Robber Fly 

This is definitely one insect I would love to photograph in action. This photo was taken near a pond.

Habitat: Damp, Woodland (not confirmed)


Links:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/4600