Looking At Insects. #4 Flower Fly

Hi everyone!

Well, this is the 4th in our series and the name of this little fly is “Toxomerus Marginatus”. It has a more common name too, “Margined Calligrapher”, kind of an odd name and a large name for a tiny flower fly. These little flower flies are about 3/16 of an inch (about 5mm) long. They are one of the most abundant of our flower flies and can be found most of the summer around here. This one in the photo is a female, I am still trying to get a picture of the male, which is not quite so abundant around the yard but hopefully I can get a pic of one soon. Have a great day everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

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43 Comments on “Looking At Insects. #4 Flower Fly

      • I don’t know if you have yellow flies up there but they look a little similar to yours.. if you ignore the fact that they’re vicious and a bite can send you to the ER.

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      • Well, we kind of have gold colored flies, but they are not dangerous at all, and they are much bigger than this little fly.πŸ€”πŸ™„πŸ“·

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      • Yeah.. We have some pretty aggressive critters and creatures here. Yesterday a cottonmouth got all uppity about me walking in my own yard, I mean, the nerve!

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      • Oh sure.. so nice. Great way to end up in the emergency room. We have a lot of poisonous and venomous stuff around here, you have to be real careful where you put your hands and feet. Especially in the summer.
        What kind of snakes are you used to seeing up there?

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      • All we have up this way are Garter snakes, friendly types, though people don’t usually like them for some reason. Too cold here for anything else to survive I guess.πŸ€”

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      • Yep, nice and friendly. I have laid down beside them to get pictures and usually they will stay put for me. I tell people that and they will shriek and tell me I’m crazy!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ“·

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      • People are so weird about snakes.. I think they’re just misunderstood.
        We have a lot of really dangerous kinds in our area so you have to be careful about which ones you get close to but they’re such fascinating creatures.
        If you come across any, I would love to see any pictures you’re able to get!

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      • I haven’t been getting to the river much this summer and that is where I see them, but if I do get any pics I will be sure to post them!😁

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      • It is the same, but because the river level is 11 feet higher than normal this year it washed away that part of the riverbank, so only water now.

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      • Yep, well, we had a lot of snow last winter, over 10 feet and then it rained so much this spring so our lake level is very high which results in the high river level.

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      • That’s right.. My apologies. I forgot how much you guys have been through up there over the last year. Mother Nature was none too gentle.

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      • Yes, that is so true, but we are sort of back to a normal summer now, which means short and cool. Hard to believe that summer is half over already. Actually our summer is often over by mid August and we enter fall temps. Sigh.

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      • Really? That must be frustrating. We’ll probably have warmer weather until the end of December.. which is also frustrating. πŸ˜‚

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      • Last year we had low 70’s until mid-January.
        Am I the only one creeped out when Mother Nature decides to change the rules?

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      • Oh well, it happens now and then, just one of those things. For us our weather is normally easy to forecast, with minor bumps along the way. Winter, 6 months, snow, cold. Summer season, 6 months, no snow generally, warm, rainy or very dry, no middle ground there.

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      • That must be so nice. It would be wonderful to have an idea of what to expect with the weather here but it’s a bit more temperamental. Seasons are generally followed but often diregarded.

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      • But your winters are much nicer. Although the poisonous visitors are not such a thrilling aspect. I guess that is one good thing about long cold winters. I think.πŸ™„

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      • I always kind of figured you would have cooler summers up there anyway but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s more so than usual.
        We might be seeing temperatures over 105 this week so.. we’re the opposite. πŸ˜…

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      • Yep, normally we would expect about 3 weeks in July of hot weather, with temps in the 90s, but now we do good to get over 80 for just a few days. But this year in June we hit 100 twice, but it has been kind of cool since. July is normally out hottest month. We used to have nights in the 80s too, now nights are always in the 60s or 50s even, like the last 3 nights.

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  1. Margarita πŸ€”no marijuana, oops what was that again? Margined calligrapher – really? Such a nice name for this little one, by the way, honestly, how. Can you differentiate male and female 😡😡😡 you are some serious biology teacher πŸ€” uhhhh is that biology? Or zoology? I’ll say it you are a great scientist βœ¨πŸ€—

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