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Bee-Fly


Bee-Fly
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 250
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-04 17:35
Viewed: 3689
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This strange Bumble Bee look alike is actually a Fly Called Bombylius major the Bee-Fly, the wings are about 20mm across and the wicked looking proboscis is only used for drinking nectre in deep down in flowers by hovering in front and dipping the long tounge into the flower. The Larvae of this beastie are a different case though, the eggs are layed near the entance hole made by Minning bees, when they hatch the larvae crawl into the burrow and parasitize the grubs it finds there.
Taken late a few days ago when I was trying to get some images of my Snakes head fritillarias, I spoted this very distinctive fly sleeping on one of the stem , you can make out the classic chequerpattern of one of the flowers in the BG.
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-05 2:08]

Hi Robert!
Yes, you're right - this is one of Bombylius. Very interesting and rather hard to capture insect. I like POV and composition, details are very well visible, note is also good. Now, try to catch it in flight :-) Just joking :-) I like posts like this one - maybe not many colours or cute animals, but very interesting creature and for me stimulat to find one of Bumble Bees myself. Thanks!

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