Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure – Hoverfly on Hogweed

Bumble Bee Mimicking Hoverfly on Hogweed


I’ve recently been sorting & rating some of my old photos, taken with various compact cameras. I had forgotton how good these small cameras can be for taking macro-style photos. The photos in this post were taken with a Canon Powershot A495, which, from what I can see, is only now available as a second hand camera.

Bumble Bee Mimicking Hoverfly on Hogweed
Bumble Bee Mimicking Hoverfly on Hogweed

The featured, and first image show a bumble bee mimicking hoverfly (if anyone knows the actual species, please let me know in the comments below), most flies and bees are properly identified from the vein ‘structure’ of the wings, which alas, is beyond my skills. I can, however, ID the plant it’s resting on, which is hogweed, a member of the carrot family 🙂

The third photo shows the flower structure of the hogweed, ie in this case, a single umbel made up of a multitude of individual flowers. All members of the carrot family, have umbels of flowers, hence their scientific name of Umbelliferae.

An Umbel of Hogweed Flowers
An Umbel of Hogweed Flowers

All photos were taken in early October 2012, on the Formonthills, to the north of Glenrothes, in Fife.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Structure – Hoverfly on Hogweed

    1. Thank you very much Su, I must admit, they were much better than I remember them being! Lol! I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by a few photos I’ve taken over the last 10 years or so………………………… I’ve been going through all my photos giving them ‘star’ ratings, something I should have been doing as I took the photos! Lol!
      And I’m sure you could take very similar photos, there are plenty on your blog that are better than these! 🙂

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      1. Thank you Andy! I can’t say I’m all that impressed by many of my old photos (pre-DSLR). And I’m going through one of those phases where I get quite self-critical. I’ve decided it’s quite a good thing; it means I’ve learned something new and can evaluate what’s gone before with new eyes. At least that’s what I’m telling myself 🙂

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      2. I’m sure you’re right Su, my macro style photos I’ve been pleasantly surprised about, but for most of the rest, I keep think “Why on earth did I take THAT!!!” Lol!
        It’s brilliant how we do actually improve with practice, even if we don’t make a particularly concious effort to do so. 🙂
        I just wish my spelling would improve over time too, I knew ‘conscious’ was wrong, but didn’t know why! Lol! 🙂

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    1. It’s a very coomon wild flower (or if I was a gardener, a weed! Lol!), over here, Denny – we’ve recently started getting it’s big brother over here too, the Giant Hogweed – this has come over on ships from Asia, I think, and it’s becoming quite a problem 😦 The stems have hairs on them that can give an adult a really nasty burn, and they can be fatal to small children! Thankfully, the native hogweed, is totally harmless 🙂

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      1. It’s reasonably easy for adults to recognise it, if they know what it is. It’s almost like a triffid in height, it can grow up to 12 feet in height, normal hogweed is normally about 3 or 4 feet in height. The trouble is, lots of people haven’t ever heard of it, and it tends to grow on waste ground, which is often where kids play 😦
        Hopefully over the next few years, governments and councils will make an effort to eradicate it, or at least make more people aware of the problem 🙂

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    1. Thank you August 🙂
      And yes, hoverflies are often confused for wasps and bees…………………. the way they fly is an easy way to tell them apart, hoverflies ‘hover’ and have a darting style of flight, whereas bees and wasps have a more meandering style of flight 🙂

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