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Cindy told me there was a rare plant blooming at Jasper Ridge. It was in an interesting place: the disturbed land between Monica's Bench and the road, near the Sun Research Center. While capturing macros of the plant and its flowers, I noticed a bee-like fly pollinating the Tarweed.

The rare plant is Lessingia hololeuca. Thanks to Pierre Martineau for helping ID the fly: a Hover Fly, specifically a female Syrphid Fly (Taxomerus marginatus). I discovered lots of info about it, and about flies in general, on the web.

More info on the Hover Fly is at images 16( ID), 17 (halteres), & 27 (female). A question -- extra eyes? -- is at #24. (Now Pierre Martineau has answered the question and explained the 5 eyes of most insects!) Other unidentified insects are at images #36ff & 41. Thanks to all for your comments and help with IDs.
Monica's BenchRare Lessingia & Monica's BenchLessingia hololeucaLessingia hololeuca Flowers with DewLessingia hololeuca FlowersLessingia hololeuca with FlowersLessingia hololeuca FlowersLessingia hololeuca FlowersLessingia hololeuca Flowers from AboveLessingia hololeuca Flowers & SeedsHover Fly on Tarweed FlowerFemale Syrphid Fly (Taxomerus marginatus) on Tarweed FlowerHover Fly on Tarweed FlowerFemale Syrphid Fly (Taxomerus marginatus) on Tarweed FlowerFemale Syrphid Fly (Taxomerus marginatus) on Tarweed FlowerFemale Syrphid Fly (Taxomerus marginatus), showing its Spurious Vein & HalteresFemale Syrphid Fly (Taxomerus marginatus), showing its HalteresHover Fly on Tarweed FlowerHover Fly on Tarweed FlowerFemale Syrphid Fly (Taxomerus marginatus) on Tarweed Flower