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
Hoverfly
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...
Freefly
perfect fit
Flies find food on fragrant Fuchsia flowers.
Hoverfly
Mellow Yellow
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Hover Fly
Drone Fly
Hover Fly
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