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Broccoli larva to Hover Fly

Remember the broccoli larva that metamorphosed into the unknown bug??

Thanks to blogger Linda’s suggestion at shoreacres, I submitted a picture for ID help on BugGuide.net. Within hours, I received a reply from a member!

Species Allograpta obliqua – Common Oblique Syrphid

Relocated into a glass jar with breathing holes on top. Kiddos created a cozy habitat with mulch and leaves.
Ellis squeezes droplets of water into the breathing holes. Added a blueberry and piece of broccoli. I’m not going to open the jar carelessly as our bug flew out and hovered around the lamp. It’s a slow flyer as I was able to capture it back in the jar quickly.

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singlikewildflowers

Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

5 replies

  1. This is wonderful! And I’m glad you got a quick response. Sometimes it can take a few days, or even longer, but I can’t remember anything I’ve posted remaining unidentified. Hoverflies are quite common here, and they’re among my favorite pollinators. For one thing, they are a bit slower than bees, and easier to photograph!

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    1. It was a great first experience! I really didn’t think I’d get a response so quickly.
      Hoverfly was doing well until this afternoon when I accidentally squashed it with a strawberry . I moved the jar and it rolled on top of it. It was on its last leg when I last saw it, must recheck its status.
      Kiddos don’t know yet…they’ll be more upset that my carelessness did that. lol

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    1. Linda, it’s kind of embarrassing to say but I accidentally crushed him with the strawberry piece I put in his habitat. Ugh, my carelessness. It looked like it would live at first, but nope it didn’t survive. Well, we kept it alive for about 2 weeks. Thanks Linda for support and encouragement.

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