Plant-Insect Interaction: Flower fly on a Philadelphia fleabane

Flower fly (family Syrphidae) visiting the flower head of a Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus, Asteraceae). Photographed 06/07/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

Today I came across some Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus, Asteraceae) being visited by a large number of insect pollinators.  In addition to some bees, the flower heads were attracting various flower flies (family Syrphidae).  Although these flies resemble bees, one obvious characteristic sets them apart.  Flies only have one pair of wings, while bees have two pairs.  Like bees, however, these flies visit flowers to feed on nectar and pollen.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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One Response to Plant-Insect Interaction: Flower fly on a Philadelphia fleabane

  1. Pingback: Random Plant: Philadelphia fleabane | The Life of Your Time

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