Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Green Hover Fly (Ornidia obesa)

The spanish needle (Bidens pilosa) and passion vine (Passiflora incarnata) are taking over the yard lately. Butterflies are everywhere. Tiny long-legged flies and halictid bees flash their bright colors. But nothing matches the metallic grandeur of the green hover fly (Ornidia obesa,) in size and polish. You can almost see yourself reflected.  These large flies seem to love the spanish needle more than any other flower.
Green hover fly

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post. It let me identify this bug that had me fascinated at its ability to hover perfectly still.