Green-eyed Lady

I just got back from a work trip to Camp Ripley in central Minnesota.  I took the opportunity to visit some local wild areas there after work.  There is a SNA site called The Ripley Esker.  I was mainly chasing butterflies, but I found some of the flies there to be fascinating.  There was a particularly large species of robber fly there that was quite common.  My guess is that it belongs to the genus Promachus, a group that is generally called “bee killers.”

I found a large female depositing its eggs on the developing seed head of a wild bergamot.  I took a number of photos, first with only natural light, then with a fill flash.  The photos with the fill flash showed more of the fine details–the hairs and the claws on the feet of the fly.

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But the natural-light only shots showed the lovely green eyes.

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This is a large and magnificently beautiful fly.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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One Response to Green-eyed Lady

  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Great shots — nice discovery!

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