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Large Bee Fly

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Monday April 11, 2011

West Lafayette, IN (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Bombylius major - left side

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6. Willow13
12:44 AM GMT on April 29, 2012
Hi Les! Wow! It's great to see you back on WUG!! What a great photo of your fuzzy bee fly!

Thanks for commenting on my photo! :)

Mara, Les came to Jekyll Island years ago with his lovely wife and beautiful granddaughter. Les, Laura (SunsetSailor) and I had an early morning sunrise photo shoot at Driftwood Beach!
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5. minou
7:35 PM GMT on July 24, 2011
*I just love serendipity. It's my best companion.*

That is the truth! Great series of images!

Just saw you in a shot with Willow13 way back in 2007.....
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4. ofieldstream
12:15 AM GMT on June 10, 2011
Thank you tngardener... These little flies don't set still for very long. I got lucky with this one.  I just happened to see it early one morning as a sat for a cup of coffee on the patio. The temps were low enough for it to be pretty sluggish.  Enough for me to retrieve the camera.. get into position .. and take a few shots. I ended up shooting at wider f-stop (4.5) than I usually do for macro photography.  But -due to the 'need for speed', I had to shoot 'shallow' to get the shutter speed necessary for a sharp focus.  Ended up being just the ticket, too.  The shallow Depth-of-Field allowed for the really nice blur in the background. Better than I'd have thought. I just love serendipity.  It's my best companion.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

les O'fieldstream
Quoting tngardener:
Great capture.

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3. ofieldstream
12:10 AM GMT on June 10, 2011
Not to worry gingyb .. this 'point' is a proboscis.. just like that of a moth, butterfly or the long tongue of a humming bird, used to sip nectar from flower blossoms only.  Their long 'hairs' mimic the similar coverage on a bee (honeybee or bumble bee), thus giving it a moment of 'cover' from more likely predators, such as toads, frogs, lizards, bird and other insects - like the dragon fly.

The bee-fly comes in a variety to suit the most discriminating entomologist.  Over 5,000 species of Bombyliiadae parade across the entire earth - except for Antarctica. Which can be said for the lion'-share of animal life.  Not much can live there above water.  ". )

So, if you look around, you're likely to see several member of the Bombyliiadae family in your corner of the world.  But not to worry, they are extremely shy and very fast fliers. They are perfectly harmless, unless your a puddle of nectar at the bottom of a flower blossom.  ". )

Thanks for the comment and stopping by.

les O'fieldstream
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Never saw one of these, please keep it down your way, don't like that sharp point.

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2. gingyb
4:16 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
Never saw one of these, please keep it down your way, don't like that sharp point.
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1. tngardener
1:09 PM GMT on April 11, 2011
Great capture.
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