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A couple pretty flies
Lens: FA 100mm f2.8 Camera: K3II Photo Location: East Dundee, IL, USA ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/160s Aperture: F16 
Posted By: TER-OR, 02-26-2021, 08:03 AM

The Elderberry bushes really did attract some interesting flies. We removed them, though, they were just too big for the area.

Mallota bautias on elderberry 063020
A bumblebee-mimic syrphid fly


Spilomyia alcimuson on elderberry 063020-2
A striking "hornet fly"



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02-26-2021, 09:32 AM   #2
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Nice shots! That hornet fly could certainly fool me from a few feet away!
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Nice shots! That hornet fly could certainly fool me from a few feet away!
There's a related species, with more black which looks very much like a potter wasp.

These flies even move their forelegs around like vespula species antennae. They're black too, which should make it more convincing.

That close shot might be the first I've ever seen occeli on a fly. Those are the three large eyes atop the head, which are thought to aid in either navigation and/or threat detection. I didn't think flies had those.
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Thank you for all the extra information! Nature is awesome and I learn something new every day.
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