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Mating Hover Flies

Mating Hover Flies

Mating Hover Flies
Location: Northeast Florida
June 23, 2011 3:36 pm
I have been enjoying your website since finding it a few days ago, and I’ve also been enjoying the Bug Guide which I found through your site. Yesterday I was able to identify a Hover Fly, Toxomerus marginatus, in a photo I’d taken of this tiny bug perched on a flower.
Today I went out to the garden and saw another little Hover Fly hovering in the air over the flowers. When I started taking pictures I realized that it was actually two mating Hover Flies! They appear to be Toxomerus marginatus also. I’m sending a couple of photos. They were mostly flying parallel to me but I did get one fuzzy photo of their backs.
Signature: Karen

Mating Hover Flies

Dear Karen,
We need to start by exclaiming “WOW!!!”  These are awesome action photographs.  We especially love that he is taking her for a ride.  We agree that these Hover Flies look like
Toxomerus marginatus based on photos posted to BugGuide.

Hover Flies mating

Hi Daniel,
Wow, thank you–I’m glad you liked the photos! Yes, it was fascinating to watch the male taking the female for a ride–he just carried her around as he hovered over the garden.

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