Monday, September 01, 2008

Hover Fly



While shooting this Hover Fly I suddenly noticed it quickly run across the bloom and took flight as a Bumble Bee took its place searching for nectar. I didn’t realize until I reviewed the shots later that I had actually caught the bumble bee approaching and scaring the Hover Fly away.

This shot as well as many other of my insect shots was captured in an overgrown area where Penn Dot once had a small depot. After moving out a few years ago the weeds have slowly taken over.

What appears to be an eyesore from a short distance away is a vibrant community of wildflowers and interesting insects. Often the best habitat we can provide wildlife is to simply allow some land to revert with no further intervention on our part.

11 comments:

Louise said...

What luck! Excellent capture!

fishing guy said...

Salty: It's wonderful when you capture more then expected. I would have thought that was a bee.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Fantastic. You were fortunate. This is awesome!!
Mountain Retreat

Tommy V said...

great catch of the bees. Looks like they are waiting in line.

Shellmo said...

Great photo! I like your new header too!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice shot, Salty. That must be a thistle?

my Alien

bobbie said...

Super shot! I love being surprised at what I find in a picture I've taken.

ms426d said...

Nice shot, Coy. I am not too crazy about "bug" shots, but the flower, OK, weed, makes it perfect. Toally agree with allowing some land to return to it's natural state.

photowannabe said...

I love the way you caught the bumble bee coming in for a landing. Really super shot Salty.

Rambling Woods said...

Great shot Coy..I thought you were going to say that the bee attacked the fly. Come to think of it, I haven't seen one bumble bee this summer. Other kinds of bees, but not a bumble bee. That can't be good..

Wolf Lover Girl said...

Oh I agree. I was just telling my sister the other day when I see those signs that say "10 acres land for sale" (or how ever many acres) that I wish I had the money to just buy it and leave it as it is...

~ Wolf Lover Girl