Macro Monday #36

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Another hoverfly this time visiting a self-seeded parsley plant which I think looks lovely when in flower. I hope to collect some of the seeds and scatter them in the herb garden where hopefully they will emerge next spring.


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  1. Such a fine macro – and what a pretty pairing with parsley flower (never appreciated the diminutive blooms until this close-up)
    p.s. Since macro is a forte of yours you might like to id the hoverfly
    I think it’s a male (eyes meet at top of head) Episyrphus balteatus (marmalade fly) – good image checklist here

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for that. I have had a look at the list and there are several that it could be, but I rather like your choice of a Marmalade fly!

  2. Arkenaten says:

    What a cracker of a shot, Jude.. Superb detail.
    Shame the fly got in the way.


  3. Marsha says:

    Love this. Bugs and bees make such a great addition to any macro, don’t they? The plant is beautiful. Your garden will look lovely. I’ll have to find a good one to post today. πŸ™‚

  4. restlessjo says:

    You’ve been saving this one. It’s gorgeous! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Our Boston Ivy has just started to develop tiny flowers. Never known it to happen before?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Now I shall have to look up Boston Ivy – it’s not the same as Virginia Creeper is it? Ours was developing buds before we left. As was a rose!

      1. restlessjo says:

        I was calling it VC until Mick corrected me the other day, so yes- or very similar πŸ™‚

  5. Sue says:

    Lovely capture, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sue. Love this lens.

  6. Wonderful macro, Jude! πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sylvia. I love catching the little beasties…

  7. It is so true, our mother earth laughs in flowers…

  8. What a superb shot: those translucent – or is it transparent? – wings!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’d say transparent, but translucent sounds better πŸ™‚

  9. Another lovely photo, Jude. I’m pleased you said this was a hoverfly. I would have thought it was a bee. I learn something new every day.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought they were bees too until Ark corrected me; there are a LOT of hoverflies.

      1. I must take more notice now. I really like your big fat furry bees.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Big fat ones, small fat ones… takes all sorts πŸ™‚

  10. lumar1298 says:

    What a clear and lovely picture… πŸ™‚

  11. Beautiful and crisp shot !

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  12. Jane Lurie says:

    These are fantastic close-ups, Jude. I love the parsley flower as the backdrop. And, I’ve learned about a hoverfly.

  13. This is a great photo – you are very skillful with your macro lens. The colours in the picture are lovely too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      that’s very nice of you Elaine. I like using this lens, but still practising

  14. Never thought much of dill but it found its perfect place in your picture and served its purpose – attracted the hoverfly. Now everyone is happy!

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Isn’t it a miracle how such delicate wings can fly?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Magic! How was Barca and the hotel? My daughter has booked the same one so please email me all the tips you have for getting around πŸ™‚

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Will do and if you email me your address I’ve kept some maps etc that might be useful πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          Okey dokey, will do πŸ™‚

  16. Hurrah for hover flies: a pretty portrait perched on parsley.

    1. By the way, in Texas we have a native parsley but it’s not edible, or at least not palatableβ€”I tasted a bit once.

      1. Heyjude says:

        Lovely colour though πŸ™‚

  17. Antonio says:

    your photos are very beautiful…
    HeyJude remember me “the Beatles!”
    many regards

    1. Heyjude says:

      Many thanks Antonio πŸ™‚

  18. Vinny Idol says:

    The hoverfly looks like its dancing, when its in the flowers. Youve done a great job with these photos.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  19. Vinny Idol says:

    No problem. Thanks for responding.

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