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Adieu to camphorweed

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A Syrphid fly on camphorweed; click for more detail.

As we bid goodbye for now to camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris, I’m reminded that it’s not just spiders and I who visit this species. In 2009 the Syrphid fly shown here hovered about and finally landed as I was photographing some camphorweed on the the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin. I’m also reminded that before Europeans brought honeybees to the Americas, the flowers that had evolved here somehow managed to get themselves pollinated with never a word of English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese being spoken.

Update on August 23, 2011: Valerie Bugh has confirmed that the Syrphid fly is Toxomerus marginatus.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 13, 2011 at 5:44 AM

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  1. Hi Steve. Love all your images. Was that taken using macro lens? I was thinking of getting one. Cheers!


    July 13, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    • I’m pleased that you like the images. This one was indeed taken with a macro lens, specifically the Canon EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. For the majority of the pictures that I make, I’d find myself very limited without a macro lens. I highly recommend one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 13, 2011 at 11:07 AM

  2. Nice focus on the fly, Steve.


    July 13, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    • Thanks, Eden. I usually give precedence to a creature (spider, insect, bird, etc.) over a flower, putting the creature in focus even if parts of the flower end up out of focus.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 13, 2011 at 11:41 AM

  3. Lovely shot! Nice vivid colors and good focus on the fly.


    July 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

  4. Very nice shot!


    July 13, 2011 at 11:29 PM

    • Thanks, Terry. I hovered around for over two years before processing this picture so I could use it here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM

  5. Nice focus on the fly !! Flowers looks pretty too.


    August 5, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    • Hoverflies are fun to watch but it takes patience to photograph them because they usually take so long to finally settle down on something.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 5, 2011 at 7:36 PM

  6. Love the focus on the Hoverfly – interesting pattern on its back


    November 25, 2011 at 1:51 AM

  7. […] for syrphid fly.  Thanks to reader Steve  who lead me to the correct identification from my previous […]

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    January 10, 2012 at 7:38 AM

  8. […] not the individual, but not even this species of hover fly. Last summer I showed a somewhat similar insect on camphorweed, but this one’s huge eyes are redder and the pattern of brown and yellow on its abdomen is […]

  9. […] Adieu to camphorweed […]

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