Apple Blossoms

The apple tree is blooming, and with it come a lot of insects.  I lost both of my beehives over the winter, and have not seen any honeybees.  I have seen some other bees, however, and a number of other insects, including this syrphid fly.

The Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America shows a fly that looks like this and identifies it as Syrphus apparently does not list that as a species.

Fly taxonomy gets complicated.


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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3 Responses to Apple Blossoms

  1. Finn Holding says:

    Very nice image. We call them hoverfies in the UK and my limited foray into the taxonomy of the large number of species we have soon led to confusion.

    Sorry to hear about your bees. The collapse of bee colonies seems to be a global phenomenon. There was an item on the BBC TN news this evening about two studies, in France and the UK, which have implicated two common pesticides which cause disruption of the navigation apparatus and an 85% reduction in the number of new queens. It’s high time we got to the bottom of what’s killing the bees and took action to prevent it.

    • They say the bees did better around here this year than last. Only 30% of the colonies collapsed instead of about 80% as was the case last year. I think those beekeepers who have kept their bees have been taking a high maintenance approach, rather than the low maintenance approach I took.
      Pesticides are sprayed on a landscape scale here in Iowa and no one keeps track of what is sprayed. That may not be the whole problem, but I think it has to be part of it.

      • Finn Holding says:

        Did the 80% rate of collapse have a direct effect on Iowan agriculture?

        I agree with you about the pesticides, such vast use of toxic organics applied specifically to kill insects must be having an adverse effect on the bees. As with everything else it’s all about balance, if the pollinators die and don’t come back the longer term ramifications are considerably more severe than losing an annual percentage of cops to pests. But I guess we’ve never been that good at devising long term holistic approaches to anything.

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