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Hover Fly

Eristalinus taeniops


Typical hover fly, difficult to photograph, but patience rewards.


A regular visitor in my garden.

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Smith'sZoo 8 years ago

stunning! you are right Johan, it is the same!

Atul 8 years ago

thanks Johan for your valuable info , just checked it out !

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

@Atul: The darker spot is called the false iris and is the light reflecting on the compound eyes. It is especially visible in Mantids. Google mantid images then you will see what I mean. It almost looks like a pupil, but its not.

Atul 8 years ago

wow,the eyes are striped instead of spotted !

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

nice series!

Johan Heyns
Spotted by
Johan Heyns

Lesedi Local Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 29, 2012
Submitted on Mar 29, 2012

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