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I recently took photos of a number of flowers at a local botanical garden, and bees were busy visiting them for nectar collection. But this flower bush below (don’t ask me what type of bloom it is, I have no idea; but if you know, please tell me!) displayed something a bit different: a bee fly. From the Bombyliidae family, bee flies are quite larger than your regular house fly and they include many different types of flies. They all collect nectar and pollen and can even be useful pollinators. I’ll tell you, they’re not as pretty as bees but they are awesome when it comes to posing for photographs because they don’t seem to be bothered when you stand close to them. Oh, and another great advantage over bees? They don’t sting.
Some bee flies can be as colorful and as fuzzy as bees. This bee fly just looked more like a very large fly, but since this is the first time I’ve photographed one, I’m not too picky.
Gorgeous lighting on these lovely flowers.
Thank you! I had good sunlight available that day.
Wonderful colors and photos!
Thank you so much! I was glad to find this bee fly but the flowers are really pretty too.
Those are some giant peepers! Though I don’t know if those are actually their eyes or not.
Yes, I believe it is their eyes. I think dragonflies have the biggest eyes for their body, in the insect world.
Just a note Milka, that I cannot open the link to your calendars as listed in the first line. Could be my end, but… M 🙂
Oh, that’s not good. Thanks for letting me know. It is fixed now and here’s the link, if you want to take a look.
Thank you very much!
lovely images, the fly really stands out against the colour of the flower
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