Nature's Place

7 Flies …

Robber fly, robber of life. For it’s precise aerial performance in catching and dispatching its prey. A quick jab, usually to the back of the head.

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Picture wing fly, maybe … not sure. Usually found where soft fruit is rotting from their tender affections.

Bearded blue fly, often found at rest around the garden. Next door has a dog they don’t clean up after, they are beauties anyway.

Only found hanging around the blue banded bee nest site, so far. A young fly of another more commonly seen kind, perhaps.

This kind maybe? When a fly is allowed to grow to maturity, often only in the ‘wild’ – ironically – they develop characteristics, of form and colour and bearing, apparent to the eye that sees.

A hoverfly, I think. Golden to the first sight, and precise colouring of the eye. Sometimes the only function is a little beauty.

A bee fly, maybe. I’m no expert at naming … They do love their nectar, with a long proboscis to extract it more easily.

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  1. standingoutinmyfield said, on 29/10/2019 at 4:17 am

    The last is in the family Empididae and the second to last is a Conopid, I suspect, but not a hoverfly anyway.

    • standingoutinmyfield said, on 29/10/2019 at 4:20 am

      Wait, I already changed my mind about the last one. I think you’re right about bombyliid

      • standingoutinmyfield said, on 29/10/2019 at 4:22 am

        Maybe in the genus Geron?

        • Mark said, on 30/10/2019 at 11:33 am

          Thanks Laura. It’s your business to know names, isn’t it.

        • standingoutinmyfield said, on 30/10/2019 at 11:50 pm

          Given how often I get them wrong, I should keep them to myself, haha. I would’ve deleted my first comment but I found out I can’t delete my comments on other peoples’ blogs. Oh well

        • Mark said, on 31/10/2019 at 12:16 am

          Ha ha, if we could go back in time … we could do it all over again in another form.

        • standingoutinmyfield said, on 31/10/2019 at 10:25 pm

          Truth

  2. kopfundgestalt said, on 25/10/2019 at 5:32 pm

    Great pics!
    How do you do that`? I usely can only do pics maybe half that brilliance.

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2019 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Gerhard. My take on macro is here – https://beingmark.com/macro-illustrated/ – Light is critical, I use flash most of the time so I can control it. There are also some useful links in recent comments on that page.

      • kopfundgestalt said, on 25/10/2019 at 7:24 pm

        Thank you a lot.
        I took about 150.000 pics the last two years. My results satisfy me most of the time but there is seemingly a barrier to even get better results.
        I will certainly work through yor posting :-)

        • Mark said, on 25/10/2019 at 11:21 pm

          When you know what the barrier is you’ll probably be able to negate it.

  3. Nil said, on 25/10/2019 at 9:38 am

    Litlle works of art… :-)

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2019 at 1:03 pm

      They are … It’s all a work of art in this medium of sense. Amazing …

  4. Reflections of an Untidy Mind said, on 25/10/2019 at 9:12 am

    Great little flies, Mark. Your camera loves them.

  5. Zezee said, on 25/10/2019 at 9:05 am

    Only your photos could make me admire flies.
    I like the bee fly.

    • Mark said, on 25/10/2019 at 12:59 pm

      Thinking about them is one thing, not to be encouraged.

      Seeing them as they are is another …

  6. Harry van Gastel said, on 25/10/2019 at 7:16 am

    Wow.


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