Early syrphid

A syrphid fly.  In this case, Palpada vinetorum.  A bee mimic.  Usually about half an inch/12 mm in length.  And quite abundant around these parts.

But typically abundant from June through November.  Not this year, though.

Syrphid fly (Palpada vinetorum) perched on a twig (2009_10_18_032640)

Harsh winter notwithstanding—won’t-let-go winter for that matter, these flies began showing up in March.  Those early bloomers no doubt fell to the sadistic hissy fit thrown by Mr. Snow Miser when snow and freezing temps hit us on the first day of spring.

And yet only a few weeks later the flies seemed to enjoy a robust population spike.  Now they’re thriving.  Odd.

Syrphid fly (Palpada vinetorum) perched on a leaf (20080921_12592)

Slowly growing over the summer, their numbers tend to blossom in October and November.  It looks like they’re getting an early start this year.

7 thoughts on “Early syrphid”

    1. Thank you, Anna! I love mimicry in nature. Moths and flies seem to do it best; some species look so much like a bee or wasp that only a very astute eye will know the difference.

    1. You made me smile, Jill. When I processed that second photo, I fell in love with the leaf texture and patterns. It made me wish I’d focused on that instead of the fly!

    1. I’m sure the mimetic traits help keep the fly safe from predators, Amber, though I’m guessing. Birds and reptiles are less inclined to eat a stinging wasp or bee as opposed to a fly that can’t harm them. So if the fly looks like the kind of insect that can inflict pain…

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