The 600

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This is the 600th insect species I have uploaded on Nature Journeys, and what a bright and beautiful one it is, too.

It is a fly, a hoverfly called Epistrophe grossulariae. It prefers woodland edges, meadows and wetalnd areas where it will feed on the nectar from flowers. The larvae are aphidophagous – feeding on aphids.

46 thoughts on “The 600

    1. Many thanks, Mike! It was a muddy knees job … but sometimes you have to make scarifices to get the shot as you know all too well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Steve. Sometimes you get lucky with these. I find they can be quite nervous as you approach them and they zoom off, but this one was intent on feeding.

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      1. I’ve found the same, Pete. You have to get them while they are drunk on nectar. LOL Btw, I neglected to congratulate you on 600 species. I am not sure how many I’ve got here in the yard but I am sure it is nowhere near 600. Nicely done.

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      2. Thanks again, Steve. I still have a lot of stuff to go through and get ids on properly, and of course there are the new and exciting discoveries, so always in my element ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. This is an especially pretty one. Even though they’re so small, in some ways they’re more approachable than dragonflies — at least, they are if we’re lucky!

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    1. Yes, luck and how intent they are in feeding, which these were. They knew I was there up close, but I guess they saw no threat in me and they were hungry! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I don’t know that I have seen all 600, but I have learned so much from those that I have seen since I discovered your excellent photos and information! I think we are all looking forward to the next 600!

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  3. I cannot resist this:

    When can their glory fade?
    O the wild charge they made!
    All the world wonderโ€™d.
    Honor the charge they made!
    Honor the Light Brigade,
    Noble six hundred!

    Quite a different six hundred, yet you are nobly bringing us closer to the small yet far from insignificant creatures of our world. Congratulations!

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    1. Many thanks, Julie! I really appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, many hoverfly species larvae consujme aphids, so area a welcome friend in the garden ๐Ÿ™‚

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