Living With Hover Flies

Hover Fly

Common Hover Fly

The common hover fly, Eristalis tenax, is present in substantial numbers this year. The lambs ears are especially attractive to these pollinators.

Eristalis is difficult to photograph because it rarely alights on a plant for more than a few seconds. The males hover and patrol the stems of the lambs ears, occasionally diving onto the flowers for a sip of nectar or landing on top of a female. These interactions rarely lasted more than a few seconds. I eventually found this pair on a raspberry bush mating for extended minutes and finally produced a good photo.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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