Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lakes

Wednesday’s Photos

A Very Cooperative Hoverfly

On a recent canoe ride, heading south from our favourite Taite Creek campground, we stopped at a deserted apple orchard a few kilometres from the Taite Creek bay. Biene spotted an abundance of apples in the abandoned orchard and being the inveterate gathering she started picking claiming they make excellent apple sauce. Myself being inspired by my blogging friend Steve Schwartzman was eagerly looking for some wildflower. But all I could find was a bedraggled daisy with its petals curved downward. Great was my joy when I discovered a hoverfly sitting down for a late pollen dinner. She was so preoccupied with feasting on the pollen that she paid no attention to my camera a mere five cm away from the flower. Here are five photos of the same insect and the same flower. Enjoy.

Thank you my little hoverfly for being so cooperative!


  1. Pit · October 7, 2020

    Excellent pictures!

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  2. Stella, oh, Stella · October 7, 2020

    Great photos, Peter! On the second one the pattern on the wings are so clearly visible. Nature is so beautiful!

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  3. Steve Schwartzman · October 7, 2020

    The way the ray flowers in some composite species wrap under the flower head as they age has always appealed to me. That this flower head also served as a landing pad for a complacent little critter is a welcome bonus. You did well to get so close.

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  4. Svet Pavlovsky · October 7, 2020

    Beautiful photos!

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  5. Amy · October 7, 2020

    Amazing detail! I’ve never heard of a hoverfly before. It looks like a wasp or bee to my ignorant eyes.

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  6. Peter, these are absolutely amazing captures.

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  7. Su Leslie · October 7, 2020


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  8. Des · October 8, 2020

    I always enjoy your photos, Peter and these hoverfly shots are certainly no exception. Thanks for sharing!


  9. Ann Coleman · October 8, 2020

    You captured incredible detail!

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  10. kopfundgestalt · October 9, 2020

    Das dürfte eine Mistbiene sein, lieber Peter!
    Im 1. Foto enthüllt sie sogar etwas die Augenstruktur.
    Feines Tierchen, wie ich finde.

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  11. rabirius · October 10, 2020

    Beautiful photos.

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  12. arv! · October 10, 2020

    Interesting to see a different species of honey bee. I was wondering why someone would abandon an apple orchard?

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    • Peter Klopp · October 11, 2020

      When the valley was flooded after a dam had been build, people lost their land and were poorly compensated. Many of the orchards close to the lake were then abandoned.


      • arv! · October 11, 2020

        People never returned once things were back to original situation? Or is it that some area were not submerged which explains why orchard wasn’t submerged.

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      • Peter Klopp · October 11, 2020

        Because of the danger of landslides all properties were expropriated and sold to BC Hydro, even the properties above the lake level.

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      • arv! · October 12, 2020

        oh! Thanks for an update

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  13. Ankur Mithal · October 13, 2020

    You are able to name many of the flowers and insects you capture on camera. Impressive!

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  14. Sartenada · October 13, 2020

    Hello Peter.

    Stunning photos! My hat!

    Have a good day!

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