Thursday, May 19, 2011

I went down to my local park yesterday
expecting my usual Mallards and
Canadian geese. But I also found
a pair of Gadwall.

And a pair of American Wigeon

I also went back to the shrubs for some more
wasps and bees.

The insect in the shots below
appears to be a Hover Fly.

"Tiny antennae and flattened abdomen."
Bugs of Alberta

"Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals
despite their mimicry of the black and yellow
stripes of wasps, which serves to ward off predators."


The larva eat aphids and other pests so they are
used as a biocontrol.

"The insect world appealed to Fabre.
I find the insect world macabre.
In every hill of ants I see
A governed glimpse of what shall be"

                                     Creeps and Crawls                                 
               Ogen Nash


Gary said...

Good capture on the flying wasps. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Guy said...

Thanks Gary

I am enjoying the chance to photograph the insects.


Kathiesbirds said...

Glad to see spring is finally coming to your area! Thanks for your visits to my blog. I have had a bit of trouble lately but hope to have it all fixed soon!

Guy said...

Hi Kathis

I was glad to see you had such a nice trip. I have had a few things go wrong with my blog as well. Hopefully things will be resolved soon.

Thanks for stopping by.