Syritta pipiens

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 November 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Syritta pipiens (NL: Menuetzweefvlieg / EN: Thick-legged hoverfly / DE: Kleine Mistbiene, Gemeine Keulenschwebfliege / FR: Syritte piaulante) is a very common species of European hover fly. Being small, this species is easy to overlook but the strange thickened rear leg make it easy to identify at close quarters. It breeds in compost, manure and other rotting organic matter. Sometimes there are notable local population explosions, possibly due to mass emergence or perhaps migration.

Image: Bassenge (BE) – 04/09/2012

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Soheil from Tehran, Iran

fantastic shot
nice framing

have a nice day

12 Nov 2012 7:00am

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Superbe Johan, tout en douceur

12 Nov 2012 8:33am

Gabriela from Bucharest, Romania

Great macro!

12 Nov 2012 8:42am

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Canon EOS 400D
1/640 second
ISO 200
150 mm