Hover Flies (Flower Flies)

Challenge #19 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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This challenge is just about hover flies, (Syrphid Flies), NOT bees, wasps, spiders etc. Hover flies look like bees, but are much smaller, and they have very different life styles. They DON'T collect pollen on their back legs, DON'T live in hives, DON'T have bee-like antennae, and they DON'T sting. Drone flies, (Eristalinae sub-species,) with spotted or striped eyes, are also welcome to be entered. The hover flies must be outside, on flowers, leaves, hovering around, or just doing what hover flies do; NOT under studio lights. Macro shots welcome. Google hover flies; or go to http://bugguide.net/node/view/196/bgpage SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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Morning Kiss
Lunch On The Wing
Syrohus ribesii female laying eggs.
Hoverfly Sipping  Honeydew
holding off
Marmalade Hover fly
family Syrphidae
Top Meeting
Eeny, weeny, itsy, bitsy...
perfect fit
Flies find food on fragrant Fuchsia flowers.
Mellow Yellow
hover fly
Hoverfly on Hawkweed
LX 3 Yellows
Sweet tooth caught in the act.
Hover fly
Yellow and blue
Hoverfly Up Close
hover fly
drone fly
Syrph shot while flying
Toxomerus Occidentalis
Allograpta Obliqua on a Forget-Me-Not
Hover Flies do it, too...
Resting LX3
Mellow Yellow
Hoverfly on Knapweed
Hover Flies
Too Busy To Notice Me
Last of the Summer Lobelia
Go green
In Flight
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Hover Fly
Drone Fly
Hover Fly
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