Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Horsefly eggs

Word to the wise (from the not so wise): keep up on your photo archival! If you're a frequently active shooter, as I am, it's MUCH easier to amass lots of "keeper" images than it is to neatly label and archive them. Eventually all of my photos make their way into well organized folders, and I can lay hands on anything in seconds flat. But, over the past year, I have let some photo archival duties lapse, and am spending lots of time getting everything caught up - with dreams of not getting behind on this stuff again.

One perk of sorting through and labeling material from the year past is reminders of great field trips. On one of these - a foray to one of my favorite regions, Adams County, Ohio - from last September, I had taken a photo of "mystery" insect eggs. Hundreds of the off-white cylindric eggs were neatly arrayed into a fortlike pile, artful in its arrangement.

I knew who I could ask about their identity - Laura Hughes, who I have mentioned many times before on this blog. She quickly came back with an answer; an answer you may not necessarily be pleased to hear.

Horsefly eggs!

While these brutish biters are not everyone's cup of tea, I've always liked horseflies, in part because of some species' wild op-art technicolor eyes.

A horsefly in the genus Tabanus, perched atop my car and ready to attack. I made this image in Erie County, Ohio back in 2013. Note the crazy eyes. I've been known to take bites in order to get photos, as HERE. And I'll take more bloody rasping bites for the team, I'm sure, in order to get ever better photos of the fantastic eyes of these amazing creatures.

Who, as it turns out, also have amazing eggs.

3 comments:

Lisa Greenbow said...

Keeping up with photo files is a good new years resolution, or anytime resolution.
Interesting eggs. I hate to be bitten by a horsefly.

Dave Romsey said...

Great post and site, Jim! I just stumbled upon it while trying to identify subjects in my own archives. As a fellow Ohioan and insect photographer waiting out the winter lull, this post feels like it was handcrafted for me. I just posted a shot from 2014 of a proud horsefly momma laying an egg mass very similar to what you posted here.

Jim McCormac said...

Thanks Lisa, and great photo, Dave! And with the me-65, handheld!

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