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Portrait of a hoverfly; made with magnification factor 4 and f/14 using a Canon 7D and the Canon macrolens MP-E 65mm/f2.8 . Hoverflies; sometimes called flower flies or syrphid flies; make up the insect family Syrphidae. As their common name suggests; they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers. The adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen; while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species; the larvae are saprotrophs; eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species; the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids; thrips; and other plant-sucking insects (source: Wikipedia).