Brown on yellow, what a fellow
On a Navajo tea flower head (Thelesperma simplicifolium) I found this fly, which didn’t mind the close presence of my macro lens and stayed put while I took pictures. From the people at BugGuide.net I learned that this is a kind of syrphid fly, Copestylum avidum, and that the way the eyes touch at the top of the head signals that this one is a male. For a closeup of the insect’s compound eye, click the excerpt below.
The date was April 8 and the place was the Doeskin Ranch section of the National Wildlife Refuge in Burnet County.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman