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Hoverfly / Sirfide

We have seen many hoverflies this summer. We've never noticed them before moving to Scotland. We didn't even know their name and had to ask our friend Jaana. They are so pretty, looking like miniature helicopters. It amazes us how they can stay still in the air by quickly rotating their wings.

 

Sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers. All hoverflies have a single functional pair of wings (the hindwings are reduced to balancing organs). They are brightly colored, with spots, stripes, and bands of yellow or brown covering their bodies. Due to this coloring, they are often mistaken for wasps or bees; they exhibit Batesian mimicry. Despite this, hoverflies are harmless.

 

Texture with thanks to Kim Klassen

  

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Taken on September 1, 2009