Sun fly

March 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It actually got warm today... well, warmish... and when I'd finally finished up enough inside work to be able to finally get outside, I made a concerted effort to look for more than just freshly opening flowers. In particular, I was hoping to find the first bees out and about, but either they weren't fooled by the meteorological seduction or they know that the winter storm in the somewhat hazy forecast is more likely to be reality than myth. Whatever the reason for the Apoidea absence, I did find a fly, sunning itself on the cedar shingles, who just might be interested in taking on some of the early pollination duties. I don't know the critter's Latin name, and I didn't want to interrupt his sunbathing for so pedestrian an endeavor as taxonomy, but i do know that a number of members of the insect order Diptera are known to help flowers carry on the business of life. As I took a closeup with my 85mm micro lens, he didn't seem to be interested in anything more than drinking in the relatively balmy temperatures.


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