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Sep 27, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Dodging Raindrops - fly on peony petals

My notes indicate there had been heavy rain overnight. Blooms were drooping over from the weight of the raindrops. I don't know the identity of the fly, but I see its type often among the peony blooms (Heirloom peony Pasteur)

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Sep 27, 2021 6:27 PM CST
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What a superb banner! Wrapping up Nature's gifts, insects, botanics and precious rain, and your artistic capability.
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Sep 27, 2021 7:13 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Cool banner Elizabeth!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Sep 27, 2021 7:35 PM CST
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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What a delicately delightful banner! I love the clarity of the raindrops as well. Lovey dubby
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Sep 27, 2021 8:36 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Excellent! I can smell the raindrops.
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Sep 28, 2021 2:53 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Here's a crop of the original photo that focuses on the fly.
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and the full source image



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Sep 28, 2021 11:03 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Elizabeth.....great banner.
Thanks for the whole image & cropped closeup.
All well done. Thumbs up
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Sep 28, 2021 11:07 AM CST

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Aww... so cute!!! Lovey dubby
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Oct 4, 2021 6:56 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Excellent image! This appears to be a hover fly, aka flower fly, aka syrphid fly. The immature stage eats aphids, so are good to see in the garden. I find them around my peonies, too.
Several pictures of different species of hover flies, as well as general information, can be found here:
https://biocontrol.entomology....
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