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°Villa hottentotta °°


°Villa hottentotta °°
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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-22 6:17
Viewed: 3162
Points: 6
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to the search for the last warm rays of sun before the frozen....thanks Marcello and Anne for identification..


Villa hottentotta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Adult insect is up to 1,6 cm long, it feeds on pollen. Larvae are instead parasitic of Noctuidae grubs. There are many similar species. The genus Villa belongs to the subfamily Exoprosopinae which, just like the subfamily Anthracinae, includes many species with spotted wings.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-22 6:39]

hello Segio,
They are still some insects around in Lombardia! I think it is a fly and not a bee. Some kind of Villa modesta, Ivan (Argus) is a specialist of them. He might eventually give you the key.
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Anne

Ciao Sergio,
la tua bella foto dimostra come l'arte del mimetismo, inteso come imitazione, sia ottimamente esercitata dagli insetti.
Infatti questo dittero che imita un imenottero ha tratto in inganno anche te!
Si tratta di un rappresentante della Famiglia Bombyliidae, non a caso chiamati dagli inglesi "Bee Fly".
Il Genere cui appartiene è Villa, la specie, anche se non posso dartelo per sicuro, perchè si tratta di un gruppo complesso, potrebbe essere Villa hottentotta.

Buon Natale,
Marcello

Ciao Sergio, bella macro di questa Villa eccetera mai vista prima,, eccellenti dettagli ed ottima nitidezza, buon Natale a te e famiglia, ciao Silvio

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