Saturday, 18 March 2017

Common Brown Butterfly and a Syrphid Fly Laying Eggs in an Ants Nest


This beautiful little fly is Microdon amabilis, one of the Hover flies of the family Syrphidae.  It's very small, probably under 10mm. It can be seen ovipositing (egg laying) in and around an ants nest in the rotten timber of an old wooden bench in my backyard. The ants are Carpenter ants, Camponotus gasseri. The ants  seem a little uncomfortable about the flies presence. Not surprising given the larvae of  genus Microdon  will actually live within the ant nest feeding on the larvae and pupae of their ant hosts.

(Syrphid Fly Laying Eggs in Ants Nest (Microdon amabilis) - Click the play button )

Next up is the Common Brown butterfly,  Heteronympha merope. In Tasmania it is on the wing from late November through to March. The larvae feed on Kangaroo grass and other native grasses. The Tasmanian Common Browns are of the subspecies, salazar. Hopefully I will get better footage in the future but in the mean time I will add this to my Tasmanian butterfly playlist. Click here to see the playlist

( Common Brown Butterfly (Heteronympha merope salazar) - Click the play button )

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8 comments:

  1. Wow, fabulous videos. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Lovely video and great nature photos ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a lovely weekend ~ ^_^

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    1. Thank you. Have a great weekend.

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  3. I once spent a summer catching hover flys for a mapping scheme in the UK - I wonder what happened to the data.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Perhaps it went here:
      http://www.hoverfly.org.uk/portal.php

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  4. Hello, these are both great videos, with amazing details. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks for watching and thanks for the link up.

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