H4271 : Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis on Devil's bit Scabious, Ballygowan (1)

taken 2 years ago, 3 km from An Oghmagh, Northern Ireland

Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis on Devil's bit Scabious, Ballygowan (1)
Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis on Devil's bit Scabious, Ballygowan (1)
Pictured along Ballygowan Road - Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies, or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae, there are several hundred varieties of hoverflies in Britain.

The adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods

Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals, despite their mimicry of more dangerous wasps and bees, which wards off predators.

In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects, so they probably do more good than bees.

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Saturday, 10 September, 2016   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 10 September, 2016
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! H 427 714 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.3437N 7:20.4151W
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