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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Flies find food on fragrant Fuchsia flowers.
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I saw striped Hoverflies buzzing around and then landing on our Fuchsia plant. I think they were attracted to the plant by its scent. Only after seeing the photo on my monitor did I notice they were actually eating the pollen grains upsidedown. Or:- Pretty potted pink and purple petalled plant produced pleasant perfume, pointing passing peckish pollinators to precariously perch on prominent pendulous pads of precious pollen.
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Submitted: Sunday, 4th November, 2012 17:11 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 15th August, 2010
Focal length: 35 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F4
ISO: 200
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