South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Saturday Sanddancer Scene #11

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Hoverfly in flight

I have chosen this rather nice macro shot from the pictures submitted by the members of Curly’s Corner Shop Message Board this week.It is a little unusual because the hoverfly has been caught in flight instead of settled on a flower.

A big thank you goes out to Andrew Wiltshire of Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia who has submitted this week’s picture, he tells me that he found it hanging around his blue hebe bushes. The fly is only around 1cm long and feeds on the nectar in the plants in Andrew’s garden, pollinating them as it goes around.

Common Hover Flies are sometimes confused with bees or wasps because of their mimic their colour but if you have a look at its head you will see that its very much like a fly.

Camera details

Nikon D40, 155mm lens, 1/100 second, f18, iso 200


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Written by curly

September 19, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Insects

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  1. you have framed it beautifully curly… i’ll have to update my photo software as i’ve only got PSP8… im going to update it to PSP12X2 🙂


    September 19, 2009 at 1:01 am

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