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Helophilus pendulus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 28 June 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Helophilus pendulus (NL: Gewone pendelvlieg, Pendelzweefvlieg / EN: Brindled Hoverfly / DE: Gemeine Sumpfschwebfliege / FR: Hélophile suspendu) is a European hoverfly. Its scientific name means "dangling sun-lover" (from Greek Helios, "sun", -phil, "love", Latin pend-, "hang"). Like other members of the genus Helophilus it has black and yellow longitudinal stripes on the upper surface of its thorax. The abdomen is patterned with yellow, black and grey, and for this reason it is sometimes called the footballer. It has a black central face-stripe. It has a wing-length of 8.5 - 11.25 mm. It is associated with a wide variety of waterbodies, from large lakes and rivers down to areas as small as ditches, small ponds or even muddy puddles. Larvae have even been found in cow-dung, very wet manure or very wet old sawdust. This species visits flowers - Lychnis flos-cuculi in this image; it also commonly rests on leaves. It often emits a buzzing sound when resting. It is a notable wanderer and can be found well away from water. The larvae feed on detritus.

Image: Ranst (BE) – 25/05/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Anna from Somewhere on Mother Earth, Netherlands

Prachtig gevangen deze zwever... heel mooi samen met de koekoeksbloem!

28 Jun 2012 7:49am

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

A shiny nice pic

28 Jun 2012 2:28pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors!

28 Jun 2012 8:16pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Very beautiful. I have a bee shot today, too. Yours is so beautiful.

29 Jun 2012 3:59am

Manola from Bassens, France


2 Jul 2012 1:22pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm