Detail head female drone fly, made with magnification factor 6 and f/14, using a Canon 7D and a Canon macro lens MP-E 65 mm f/2.8.Eristalis tenax is a European hover fly, also known as the drone fly (or "dronefly"). It has been
Cheilosia male hoverfly on a little yellow flower, made with magnification factor 8 and f/11 using a Canon 7D, the Canon macrolens MP-E 65mm/f2.8 and a Canon 2x teleconverter. It is a single picture, made in our garden without using a tripod, while the hoverfly was going its own business.
Hoverflies, sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae. As their common name suggests, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects (source: Wikipedia).
Cheilosia female hoverfly, made with magnification factor 8 and f/11 using a Canon 7D, the Canon macrolens MP-E 65mm/f2.8 and a Canon 2x teleconverter.