Flower Fly – In the Family Syrphidae (there are over 200 genera and 5,000 species), and thus are often called syrphid flies. This particular fly’s genus and species is possibly Toxomerus marginatus.
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon (Aschiza)
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Species marginatus (Toxomerus marginatus)
Spiderwort – from the Genus Tradescantia (there are about 70 species).
At first I thought these little guys were honey bees, but their big red eyes made me think they might be some sort of a fly. Well, it turns out they are flower flies (also known as “hoverflies” and “syrphid flies”), but it’s not because they have big red eyes – it’s their wings. Bees have four wings while flies only have two. Their resemblance to bees merely serves as a form of protection from predators.
The spiderwort is a great natural wildflower that is a perennial in Iowa (actually, its range extends from Canada to Argentina). We found a small clump of it in a wooded area many years ago, transplanted a small stalk back home, and now have it growing in huge clumps in the yards of many of my relatives. Because it spreads, it is often considered a weed. How a beautiful purple flower that likes to come up every year in new places counts as a weed, I’ll never know! Also known as Spider-lily, Cradle-lily, Oyster-plant and Flowering Inch Plant.
Taken June 3, 2007 with a Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens (macro) in Davenport, Iowa. Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D Sigma 70-300mm Lens Flower fly hoverfly spiderwort Spider-lily Cradle-lily Oyster-plant Flowering Inch Plant syrphid red eye bee stripe yellow black Syrphidae Tradescantia