“Chicory Blossom Meetup”
“The blues of summer,
flowers and bright skies.
Days of warmth and laughter,
and lakefront evening sighs.”
– Ed Lehming
This seems to be season of the hoverfly. They are everywhere I look. Not that’s a bad thing, by any means, they are an interesting insect and quite colourful too. Though, I have yet to photograph one in flight.
I found this pair while photographing a chicory blossom a few days ago. The one seems to be as deep into the flower as it can go, perhaps that’s where the nectar is to be found? It made for an interesting image, since it also gives a nice side view of the other hoverfly.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0 ISO 200
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Chicory is one of favourites. I don’t see it often but when I do it brings a smile. I recall reading that during WW II chicory roots were roasted and ground up as a coffee substitute. We’re an ingenius bunch. Ah, hover flies — cuteness on wings. I checked Wikipedia and found a great pic of a pair mating in mid-air. (Click on the photo for a larger image.) Incredible shot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly
Thank you Sally. It grows everywhere around here and each blossom seems to have at least one resident hoverfly.
Home sweet home!