Dead Heads

Myathropa florea is quite a pretty name, prettier than Dead Head.

These Hover Flies are called Dead Heads because the pattern on the black thorax (The first part of it’s body behind the head) is supposed to resemble a blackened skull.

Dead Head Hover FlyThese are one of the easier Hover Flies to identify. There are a lot that you just can’t get to species from a photograph, you have to chop them up and examine them with a microscope.

Dead Head Hover Fly

Dead Head Hover Fly

Dead Head Hover Fly

Dead Head Hover Fly

Dead Head Hover Fly

Dead Head Hover Fly

8It has lovely yellow hair, don’t you think?

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12 thoughts on “Dead Heads”

  1. hoverflies are one of my favorite little folks, they like to come cheerfully say hello when you sit outdoors; and I’ve heard that they bravely like to pretend they’re wasps, to fool those who would like to eat them 🙂

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