Playing Hide & Seek

Drone Fly Eristalis tenax

This Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) was quite comical to observe, because it really was quite a shy fly. It was basking on a leaf near my pond, and as I neared it instead of flying off like they do most of the time it crawled behind the leaf and peered out at me. When I turned my back it was out again on the surface of the leaf! I approached again, and it snuck behind the leaf again, just popping its head out.

Feel free to click the image to enlarge and click again to get even closer …

September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

22 thoughts on “Playing Hide & Seek

  1. That was a cute story of hide & seek. Guess the Drone Fly was tired and just did not want to waste any energy.

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  2. A great shot, Pete. We’re usually aiming for the full-body in insect photography, but that headshot is really unusual.

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    • Thank you Vicki. I managed to get a few body shots off before it scurried behind the leaf, but yes, I thought this was something a little different, especially as it was side on to me.

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