The Mini Airshow

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Never ignore the small lives that share our world. It took over 100 years of development to produce a fighter jet with the capability of maneuvering like a hoverfly. And even then I believe that the hoverfly could probably teach the F22 a few moves. What I witnessed in the insect world wasn’t as much of a fight as it was two minds with the same great idea attempting to occupy a spot that was too small for both of them. If was really a lot like two people who keep bumping into each other in the tiny aisle of a Walmart. They just had a hard time staying out of each other’s way. They would both land on the top flower but soon one would nudge the other a little and both would spring into the air and fly a dazzling pattern only to end up on the same spot again. Hoverflies may look like bees but they have no sting and no weaponry if any kind that I’m aware of. So they rely on evasive flights with zigzags and tight circles. They can even do high speed 180s that would produce crushing G forces for a human pilot. They’re really marvels of engineering. The wings of a hoverfly beat at 120 beats per second. Compare that with a hummingbird who’s wings top out at only 80 beats per second. The land speed works out to just under eight miles per hour but when you consider that in terms of body length it’s pretty impressive for a creature that’s only about 1/4 of an inch long. That means that the hoverfly can cover over two million times it’s body length in one hour. Usain Bolt is currently the fastest sprinter in the world at 28 miles per hour or 960 times his body length.

Eventually the little hoverflies each found their own flowers to enjoy and the mini airshow ended. But those tiny wings are amazing!

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The Hoverfly. Another Pollinator.

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Hardly a summer goes by that I don’t notice the tiny little bee-like hoverfly trying to land on me without being seen. Other times they’ll float in mid air about an inch or so above my skin as if waiting for clearance to land. They’re interested in my salt of course. Like butterflies they need salt to reproduce and humans in the Southern sun tend to have a treasure trove of salt available in their sweat. I normally allow them to get what they need. As a child I was pretty scared of bees and the hoverfly was just another bee to me until Mt grandfather pointed out that it’s just a fly without a sting and you could see its little red tongue licking like a dog. The comparison to a puppy and trust in my grandfather was enough to calm my fears and I became fascinated with the hoverfly. Like the Tachinid flies these little guys are beneficial flies. But they’re not Tachinid flies. They’re in the Syrphid fly family. As adults the hoverflies sip nectar and transfer pollen. And while they don’t carry the payload of a bee they make up the difference by visiting more flowers per flight. Some hoverflies are also predators in the maggot stage and feed on the larvae of aphids while others assist in composting. The rattailed maggot is a type of hoverfly that has a built-in snorkel and is found in the messy end of the barnyard for obvious reasons.

But back to pollination. There’s actually not a lot of research being done on the hoverfly as a pollinator. It’s known that a Chinese variety is the main pollinator of the slipper orchid in Southwest China which leads me to think that our own pink lady’s slipper orchid may have a similar relationship with our native hoverfly. If anyone knows this for sure drop a comment below. The hoverfly is a generalist when it comes to pollination. In tonight’s Feature Image it was found on Queen Anne’s Lace right next to the Belvosia Borealis fly that I covered last night. There’s actually about six thousand species of hoverfly in the world that act as pollinators in their adult stage and I’m not sure which specific hoverfly I have here but I do know that they make me smile when I see them.

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A Perfect Day With You

A balmy breeze sweeps across the open field gently shaking the tall grasses. Just outside the frame the sweet scent of roses finds it way to the spot where we’re just taking in the warmth. The curious little hoverfly buzzes up our faces for a better look at the giants who have come to visit his space. I heard you giggle slightly when he landed on the end of my nose just make sure that I wasn’t some strangely tall flower. Satisfied that I wasn’t a good source of pollen or nectar he lifted off once more and returned to the daisy. This is perfect spot for our time together. We spread out the old blanket that we keep in the back of car for emergencies. It’s our getaway time. No agendas. No responsibilities. Just time to lay down and watch the world. We look at clouds and make up stories about the shapes we see. We laugh and talk until the birds singing transitions into crickets. Just before the last rays of the sun disappear behind the mountains the little hoverfly returns. I couldn’t help but giggle when he landed on your nose too.

It was a perfect day but we can’t stay here forever. We gather our blanket and put it in its place in the back of the car until the next perfect day. Which I hope is tomorrow.