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Doing the Rounds. Hoverfly, Eristalis horticola, on  Anemone tomentosa, Grape-Leaf Anemone, Prinsentuin, Groningen, The Netherlands | by Rana Pipiens
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Doing the Rounds. Hoverfly, Eristalis horticola, on Anemone tomentosa, Grape-Leaf Anemone, Prinsentuin, Groningen, The Netherlands

Returning home to Groningen, I, like a cat, did my rounds at home and then in the Inner City. Of course that brought me to the always marvelous Prinsentuin. the secluded seventeenth-century Garden beloved of many of Groningen's denizens, humans and insects alike.

Here's a Hover or Flower fly, Eristalis horticola (if I'm correct). It's unclear why exactly Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833), foremost French entomologist of his times, 'coined' the term 'Eristalis' for these Hoverflies. Perhaps he was reminded by their beauty of the brown-golden variety of topaz. 'Eristalis' in Antiquity designated an unknown precious stone... Our Eristalis is doing its own rounds on a Grape-Leaf Anemone, Anemone tomentosa, and I was content to watch before returning home for a snack of Smoked Golden Mackerel.

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Taken on September 4, 2012