Sexyflies 2012/2013
Mar 7, 2013Public
Photo: Helophilus pendulus
Photo: Flies galore on Ivy flowers. Apart from the 3 big flies, can you count how many tiny ones there are? I can spot eight!
Photo: Marmalade Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) on Allium sphaerocephalon
I haven't taken many hoverfly photos this year compared to last. But this little female just happened to be about this morning when I was looking at my allium flowers!
(How do I know it's a female? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holoptic )

About time I shared to +Sexy Flies curated by +Shane Williams #sexyflies #sexyfly :-)

#buggyfriday   +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +Victoria Etna
#macro4all by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy, +Sandra Deichmann  +Suzi Harr and +dietmar rogacki
Photo: Common Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) having a poop!
I wouldn't have shared this pic as I have better shots of this fly (it's the most common one I see here and is always a willing subject for a photo shoot) BUT - I noticed it was blowing a botty bubble! LOL !!! Now if only it had been blowing bubbles out of its mouth at the same time, I would have been a really happy bunny. :-)

For +Sexy Flies curated by +Shane Williams #sexyflies   (oh hooray, finally you can type #sexy and you get prompted #sexyflies at last as the 3rd choice, instead of a whole list of sexy girls/women and things we won't go into here!)
Photo: Common Yellow Dung Fly, female (Scathophaga stercoraria)

Time for a #sexyfly as this girl's been hanging about since March waiting to be posted and is getting a bit uppity.


For #sexyflies +Sexy Flies curated by +Shane Williams
and +HQSP Bugs curated by +Nicole Best #hqspbugs  
Photo: I found this scary looking creature masquerading as a #sexyfly which I think may have come from another planet. What's really worrying is that it was on the side of my duck shed, making me wonder whether IT has infiltrated my ducks in some way. Worse, what if IT is now in me because I eat their eggs?

Edit: could be Chaoborus crystallinus or Chironomus plumosus, the latter being a phantom midge of the Chaoboridae family. With thanks to +Remi Bigoudi

Similar Midge:
see https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114662745306354012748/albums/5788847778530500801
Photo: Compost bin tiny fly covered in two kinds of mite.
Photo: Coppery coloured fly
Photo: Yellow Dung Fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) mating
Photo: Crane Fly (family Tipulidae)
poss. Tipulidae oleracea
(This is the insect known as Daddy Long Legs in the UK)
Photo taken 9th October 2012
Photo: I need help understanding what is going on here!
This is a fly on my compost bin that I took the other day. First of all I notice that it is covered in the same 'baked bean' mites that the bumble bee photo http://goo.gl/Tqjr0o that I shared recently  was covered in, so that means these mites don't just go to bee nests to feed.

But what I am really confused about it what is coming out of its mouth. Having done a lot of googling I know there are some Tachinid flies which have a long thin proboscis which they don't retract but tuck under them, and that could be the long thin black thing.... what what on earth is the semi opaque oddity which is bulbous at the mouth end taping down slimmer and ending in a black blob? For the life of me I can't figure it out. You'll need to view large to see what I am talking about.

Tagging some buggy friends in case you may have some ideas +Jitte Groothuis +Shane Williams +Kim Sinclair +Tarun Bhushan +Deb Yarrow +Seth Burgess +Dorothy Pugh

For #buggyfriday +Buggy Friday Curators +Ray Bilcliff +Dorothy Pugh +Victoria Etna
and #macro4all by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )
Photo: A Fly.
Photo: Ugly Fly.
Photo: Nice bubble.
Photo: Bubble blower!
Photo: Ugh dust spot.
Common Yellow Dung Fly blowing a bubble.
Photo: Heineken Hoverfly (Rhingia campestris)
Photo: Twin Spot Centurion Soldier Fly (Sargus bipunctatus)

I found a number of these sexy flies flying around near my compost bins in October. In flight all you see is an amazing irridescent green sheen which is quite beautiful. They are easy to ID by the two white spots on their heads.
Photo: Marmalade Hoverfly
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Photo: Fly on a Sedum
Photo: Soldier Fly
Photo: Bubble Blowing Fly