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Hover Fly Collection

"Discover the Fascinating World of Hover Flies: From Wiltshire to Kentucky, these Insects are Nature's Pollinators

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis) adult female, basking on rock, Powys, Wales, september

Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis) adult female, basking on rock, Powys, Wales, september

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Great pied hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) feeding from bramble flower, Wiltshire, England, UK, July

Great pied hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) feeding from bramble flower, Wiltshire, England, UK, July. Bumblebee mimic species

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hover fly on yellow dandelion flower, Kentucky

Hover fly on yellow dandelion flower, Kentucky

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Female European hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) pollinating Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

Female European hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) pollinating Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) in flower, Belgium. August

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 509

Curtis British Entomology Plate 509
Diptera: Scaeva unicolor = Scaeva pyrastri (Concolourous Hover-fly) [Plant: Potentilla sterilis (Fragaria sterilis, Barren Strawberry)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 452

Curtis British Entomology Plate 452
Diptera: Volucella inflata (Inflated Hover-fly) [Plant: Pentaglossis sempervirens (Anchusa sempervirens, Evergreen Alkanet)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 432

Curtis British Entomology Plate 432
Diptera: Eristalis nubilipennis = Eristalis cryptarum (Beautiful Hover-Fly) [Plant: Oenanthe pimpinelloides (Parsley Water Dropwort)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 429

Curtis British Entomology Plate 429
Diptera: Helophilus ruddii = Lejops vittatus (Yarmouth Hover-fly) [Plant: Silene nutans (Nottingham Catchfly)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 425

Curtis British Entomology Plate 425
Diptera: Xylota bifasciata = Chalcosyrphus bifasciatus (Four-spotted Hover-fly) [Plant: Conopodium majus (Bunium flexuosum, Common Earth-nut)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 401

Curtis British Entomology Plate 401
Diptera: Tropidia rufomaculata = Tropidia scita (British Tropidia Hover-fly) [Plant: Scandix pecten-veneris (Venus?s Combe)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 186

Curtis British Entomology Plate 186
Diptera: Ceria conopsoides = Ceriana conopsoides (Long-horned Hover-Fly. Not British) [Plant: Briza media (Common Quaker-grass)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 182

Curtis British Entomology Plate 182
Diptera: Rhingia campestris = Rhingia macrocephala (Chequered-bodied Hover-fly) [Plant: Silene dioica (Melandrium rubrum; Lychnis dioica var. diurna, Red Campion)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 98

Curtis British Entomology Plate 98
Diptera: Merodon clavipes (Beautiful Merodon Hover-fly. Extinct in Britain) [Plant: Narcissus pseudonarcissus (Common Daffodil)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 70

Curtis British Entomology Plate 70
Diptera: Microdon apiformis = Microdon mutabilis (Bee-like Hover-fly) [Plant: Lamium purpureum (Red Archangel)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Curtis British Entomology Plate 34

Curtis British Entomology Plate 34
Diptera: *Milesia speciosa (cf. Caliprobola speciosa. Beautiful Milesia Hover-fly) [Plant: Euphorbia amygdaloides (Wood Spurge)] Date: 1824-39

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hover Fly on Pink Flowering Sedum

Hover Fly on Pink Flowering Sedum

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Cosmos bipinnatus Sensation Picotee Pink Annual

Cosmos bipinnatus Sensation Picotee Pink Annual
Single, saucer-shaped flower of Cosmos bipinnatus Sensation Picotee with pinkish white petals irregularly edged in crimson surrounding yellow centre with hoverfly

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Marmalade hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus), two feeding on pollen of Dwarf formosa lily

Marmalade hoverflies (Episyrphus balteatus), two feeding on pollen of Dwarf formosa lily (Lilium formosanum var. pricei). Surrey, England, UK. July

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Narcissus fly (Merodon equestris) male nectaring on Rock rose (Cistus x hybridus) in garden

Narcissus fly (Merodon equestris) male nectaring on Rock rose (Cistus x hybridus) in garden, Surrey, England, UK

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) feeding on Golden apple (Lilium carniolicum) pollen

Marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) feeding on Golden apple (Lilium carniolicum) pollen, transfers pollen on body to other flowers. In high grassland, Mount Vournos, northern Greece

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) feeding on Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) Strumpshaw Fen

Hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) feeding on Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk, UK, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Two Hover Flies On A White Wildflower; Ontario, Canada

Two Hover Flies On A White Wildflower; Ontario, Canada

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Toxomerus Hover Fly or Flower Fly, Toxomerus spp. Toxomerus Hover Fly or Flower Fly

Toxomerus Hover Fly or Flower Fly, Toxomerus spp. Toxomerus Hover Fly or Flower Fly
Toxomerus Hover Fly or Flower Fly, Toxomerus spp

Background imageHover Fly Collection: American Hover Fly, Metasyrphus americanus, on common danedlion, Taraxacum officinale

American Hover Fly, Metasyrphus americanus, on common danedlion, Taraxacum officinale, Stanley Park, British Columbia

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) adult, feeding on ivy flowers, Norfolk, England, September

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly (Volucella zonaria) adult, feeding on ivy flowers, Norfolk, England, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly (Xylota segnis) adult, resting on ivy leaf, Norfolk, England, September

Hoverfly (Xylota segnis) adult, resting on ivy leaf, Norfolk, England, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Dead Head Hoverfly (Myathropa florea) adult female, feeding on ivy flowers, Norfolk, England

Dead Head Hoverfly (Myathropa florea) adult female, feeding on ivy flowers, Norfolk, England, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Nine-spotted Moth (Amata phegea) and Common Banded Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii) adult pairs

Nine-spotted Moth (Amata phegea) and Common Banded Hoverfly (Syrphus ribesii) adult pairs, mating on Great Plantain (Plantago major), Cannobina Valley, Italian Alps, Piedmont, Northern Italy, July

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) adult, feeding on Buddleia (Buddleja sp)

Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) adult, feeding on Buddleia (Buddleja sp. ) flower in garden, Chipping, Lancashire, England
Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) adult, feeding on Buddleia (Buddleja sp.) flower in garden, Chipping, Lancashire, England, August

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Pellucid Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) adult, resting on leaf, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Pellucid Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) adult, resting on leaf, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, July

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Shore Hoverfly (Eristalinus aeneus) adult, resting on wooden fence

Shore Hoverfly (Eristalinus aeneus) adult, resting on wooden fence, West Canvey Marshes RSPB Reserve, Canvey Island, Thames Estuary, Essex, England, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly (Helophilus trivittatus) adult, resting on stem, Leicestershire, England, July

Hoverfly (Helophilus trivittatus) adult, resting on stem, Leicestershire, England, July

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Drone fly (Eristalis nemorum) adult, resting on forget-me-not flowers covered in raindrops

Drone fly (Eristalis nemorum) adult, resting on forget-me-not flowers covered in raindrops, River Whiteadder, Berwickshire, Scottish Borders, Scotland, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Chequered Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) adult female, feeding on anemone flower in garden, Powys

Chequered Hoverfly (Melanostoma scalare) adult female, feeding on anemone flower in garden, Powys, Wales, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Bog Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis) adult, basking on leaf, Dorset, England, September

Bog Hoverfly (Sericomyia silentis) adult, basking on leaf, Dorset, England, September

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly feeding, SEM

Hoverfly feeding, SEM
Hoverfly feeding. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a hoverfly (Rhingia campestris) feeding on a bugle flower (Ajuga reptans)

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly C016 / 6099

Hoverfly C016 / 6099
Hoverfly (family Syrphida)

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly C016 / 6098

Hoverfly C016 / 6098
Hoverfly (family Syrphida)

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly feeding C016 / 4757

Hoverfly feeding C016 / 4757
Hoverfly feeding. Close-up of a hoverfly (family Syrphidae) feeding on Teide giant bugloss (Echium wildpretii) flowers. Photographed in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly feeding C016 / 4739

Hoverfly feeding C016 / 4739
Hoverfly feeding. Close-up of a hoverfly (family Syrphidae) feeding on a bugloss (Echium auberianum) flower. Photographed in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly feeding on flowers C016 / 4724

Hoverfly feeding on flowers C016 / 4724
Hoverfly feeding on flowers. Close-up of a hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) feeding on common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) flowers. Photographed in the UK

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly feeding on a flower C016 / 4706

Hoverfly feeding on a flower C016 / 4706
Hoverfly feeding on a flower. Close-up of a hoverfly (Eristalis sp.) feeding on the blossom of a blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) tree. Photographed in the UK

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Eristalis tenax, drone-fly larvae

Eristalis tenax, drone-fly larvae
Eristalis tenax is one of quite a large group of closely related hover-flies which have rat-tailed maggots, i.e. larvae with an elongated breathing tube at the end of their bodies. E

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Leucozona lucorum L. hoverfly

Leucozona lucorum L. hoverfly
Adult female Hover fly (Diptera: family Syrphidae) feeding on clover flowers. Hoverflies resemble bees and wasps. Most adult hoverflies feed on nectar and pollen

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Hoverfly in amber

Hoverfly in amber
Hoverfly preserved in Baltic amber. This specimen dates from the Upper Eocene

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Syrphus ribesii, hoverfly

Syrphus ribesii, hoverfly
This species of hoverfly is often seen feeding on nectar within the Museums Wildlife Garden. Photograph taken by Derek Adams in April 2003

Background imageHover Fly Collection: Volucella sp. hover-fly

Volucella sp. hover-fly
Photograph of a hover-fly (Volucella sp.) on a flower



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"Discover the Fascinating World of Hover Flies: From Wiltshire to Kentucky, these Insects are Nature's Pollinators. " Hover flies, also known as flower flies or syrphid flies, are a diverse group of insects that play a crucial role in pollination. With their striking colors and unique hovering flight patterns, they capture our attention wherever they go. In Wiltshire, England, the Great pied hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) is captured on camera as it delicately feeds from a bramble flower. This beautiful sight showcases the intricate relationship between hover flies and flowering plants. Across the Atlantic in Kentucky, another hover fly perches gracefully on a vibrant yellow dandelion flower. Its presence reminds us of how these tiny creatures contribute to the beauty and biodiversity of our surroundings. The female European hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus) takes center stage as it diligently pollinates Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). These industrious insects ensure that flowers reproduce by transferring pollen from one plant to another. As we delve deeper into the world of hover flies through Curtis British Entomology Plates 509, 452, 432, 429, 425, 401 - we witness an array of species with captivating features. From colorful markings to intricate wing patterns; each plate offers a glimpse into their incredible diversity. Plate 186 captures our attention with its depiction of a hover fly engaged in its natural habitat. The detailed illustration invites us to appreciate these often overlooked creatures' importance within ecosystems worldwide. Moving forward to Plate 182 and Plate 98 reveals more enchanting scenes featuring hover flies interacting with various plant species. Their delicate presence serves as a reminder that even small organisms can have significant impacts on our environment's health and balance. Through these captivating images and illustrations found in Curtis British Entomology Plates series; we gain insight into just how essential hover flies are to our world.