Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Mimic

When I was in Asheville, NC a few weeks ago for a conference, I had an opportunity to wander the grounds of the NC Arboretum for an hour one day.  I was photographing flowers when I saw this land on a marigold right in front of me:

Yellowjacket hover fly

Yellow jacket hover fly, Milesia virginiensis

A huge, yellow jacket mimicking hover fly!  I was thrilled to see it.  What an absolutely spectacular creature!

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Pollinator

The cherry laurels at work are blooming and I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite as many pollinators on a single shrub before!  It’s crazy!  We unfortunately have a ton of wind whipping across the prairie nearly all the time, so getting good photos of those pollinators is next to impossible with any of my cameras.  I keep trying though!  So far, this hover fly is the best I’ve managed:

hover fly on cherry laurel

Hover fly on cherry laurel

Aren’t hover flies beautiful?  Between their fascinating flight behaviors and their coloration I think they are worthy of a lot of admiration.  Do you appreciate hover flies?  I certainly do!

Here’s hoping I’ll manage to get a shot of the really amazing fly that I keep seeing.  Really want to figure out what that bad boy is…

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