Friday, August 05, 2011

"Hello, world!"

I collected a bunch of leaves from the linden tree; each one has a larva or a pupa of some insect or other. Every day, I check to see what has pupated, or emerged from a pupa. This syrphid fly was still brand new, still drying his wings when I found him.

All new and shiny

Ready to go.

On his way out, he checks his hair in the mirror/window, and off he goes!

There are still two pupae to match his. two ladybug pupae, a few parasitized aphids, and something hidden under a tight web. And the larva of that green caterpillar, now in his chrysalis. Maybe one of these times I'll catch one at the moment of emergence. I'll post developments as they occur.


  1. Wow that sure is a beautifully clean and shiny brand new fly. Who knew flies could be so absolutely fabulous and gorgeous!

  2. You have so much patience. I guess that is what makes you such a good photographer. I always love your shots. - Margy

  3. I love the way you do this - patience and observation, two great qualities.

  4. Thanks, all!

    Margy and Mark; I always called it stubbornness. :)


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