Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fall Visitors

This little Tachinid Fly (right) was busy hovering about some late blooming flowers last October. In this image he looks so much like he is bowing with his front "hands" outstretched that it made me smile. Perhaps he is paying homage to the "Lord of Flies"
I know he was merely cleaning his face, probably washing off the pollen that had collected there. The warm sun had many species of flies such as the Brightly Colored Tachinid Fly (pictured right) out that day as well as a few butterflies, like this Painted Lady (above right). These tachinid flies and flower flies are some of my favorites. Their color variations and their human friendly habits make them an enjoyable species to have in the garden.


  1. I am SO jealous of your camera & lens!!!

    There was an awesome green and blue wasp-like creature on a flower the other day and my crappy digital camera simply couldn't get a clean pic. One of these days I'm gonna get me an SLR... *mumbles something else under breath while walking away*

  2. Too funny, I begged and begged for several years and my hubby finally took pity on me and gave me a macro lens and SLR for Christmas...I guess he DOES love me...hehehe

  3. Ha! Me, too. My wife finally got me one for Christmas one year after incessant nagging/begging on my part!