Monday, October 17, 2005
Can A Bug Be Funny?
This is a hover fly of the Family Syrphidae.
I don't think of insects as funny. Not usually.
Fascinating (though not as much as fish)? ...yes, they are fascinating.
Amazingly Adapted?...hands down, the winners.
Instinctively Robotic?... extremely...yawn.
Beautiful? ...some are gorgeous.
Then this guy, this hover fly shows up on my porch. He's hilarious...well, that may be stretching it, but I confess to laughing outloud at an insect. (I don't think any one saw me..)
This hover fly could stay stationary (almost like he was hovering, don't ya' know) . While he hovered there was a constant "vrrrrrrrrrrrr" sound. When I got to close in my photo attempts, he would zip a foot to either side and stop in mid air....VRRRRRRRRT, VRRRRRRRT!
He wouldn't leave the area which was bothering my dogs a little. They assume that anything that buzzes may sting. The hover FLY is a fly of course, but they are a bee mimic in appearance and sound. The dogs were giving me worried looks as the hover fly continued to VRRRRRR over their heads.
When the dogs were younger, they would have snapped at this interloper, but they've both been stung by real bees and now know better. So bee mimicry paid off on this day.
The flash stopped the motion of the wings in this shot. You could not see the wings as he hovered as they were going too fast. To me, they almost look to small to lift an insect this large.
The hover fly is listed as a beneficial insect for the garden, so go easy on him if you come across one.
He might make you smile.
Posted by R.Powers at 5:48 PM