Pollen muncher

shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)August 12, 2005

This little guy was eating all the pollen:

Here's the whole flower if you are interested:

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joanmn

WOW, what a great macro!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 7:36AM
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carol23_gw

Nice and sharp!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 1:00PM
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flowergirl_VA(z7 VA)

What a picture!!!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 4:23PM
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candyinpok(5b or 6, NY)

Great pictures.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2005 at 7:21AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Most excellent shot, Shrubs n bulbs! Is it a fly, a bee or what? Oh! Pretty flower too! :D

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   August 14, 2005 at 7:28PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

This is a hover-fly. I could try and guess which species but I'd probably be wrong. They are true flies, the adults eat nectar or pollen and the larvae are carnivorous inch-worms.

You can spot a hover fly, apart from the very obvious hovering dead still, from the large compound eyes, stubby antennae, and only one pair of wings

    Bookmark   August 15, 2005 at 6:14AM
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rembetika(austin, TX)

and do tell, what's your camera? those are breathtaking!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2005 at 2:20PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Okay, I've seen Hover flies before...just never so close AND holding STILL!! Hee hee! Thanks for the info!

~R

    Bookmark   August 15, 2005 at 11:20PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

The camera is a Canon A75. Its probably obsolete by now. Some of the macro shots in The Cactus Gallery at the moment are stunning. Check out BillinSC's super-macro setting that he just found on his camera :)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2005 at 3:15PM
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chuckr30(z5, GR-MI)

Perhaps a syrphid fly?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2005 at 8:28AM
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