Reaching for a titbit
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|Bombylius major (Bombyliidae, Bombyliinae, Bombyliini), a female.|
Size 10 mm.
The day before yesterday I collected 2 species of spring bee flies, Bombylius major and B. discolor. Today I decided to re-visit this place in order to try to take some pictures of bee flies in nature.
It's an interesting location. The place is hilly, the slopes with forest mostly of fir trees descend to what once was a sand-pit, with the Nara river and local water treatment plant nearby. Long ago, trees, mainly
alders and willows, started to grow there and the sand-pit gradually became a forest. Moreover, a part of it is swampy. There always was a small brook that ran to the river, and during all these years it made a deep ravine, so the former sand-pit is surrounded with a kind of natural rampart. And I still remember how I used to find a lot of fossils and caught tiger-beetles on sandy hillocks...
Bee flies occured exclusively high on the slopes and in other elevated and sunny places. They generally fed on flowers of Lungwort (Pulmonaria obscura), occasionally also visiting flowers of Wood Sorrel
(Oxalis acetosella). I noticed that they clinged to a flower with their hind legs only, spreading their middle legs wide with their fore legs and head with very long proboscis deep in corollas. Unfortunately, the weather was worse than the day before yesterday, and I came there a bit late, around 4 p.m., so there was a few flies. I had to be content with what I got and tried to do my best in those seconds that a fly
spent on a flower.
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- [2007-05-08 17:54]
Very nice, quite funny, capture. Very nice illustration of how furry this fly is.
Overall a great job.
Interesting behavior. POV and composition are great. The timing of this shot is excellent. TFS.