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Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view. If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy the new photos I post a few times a week.

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.

Macro Monday: the bee fly (bombyliidae)

Macro Monday: the bee fly (bombyliidae)

Close-up of a bee fly (bombyliidae)

Close-up of a bee fly (bombyliidae)

 

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About Milka Pejovic

I'm a freelance writer, artist and photographer. I write mostly for business, not enough for pleasure, and I take a lot of pictures of the world around me.

12 responses »

  1. Gorgeous lighting on these lovely flowers.

  2. cscreativart says:

    Wonderful colors and photos!

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Those are some giant peepers! Though I don’t know if those are actually their eyes or not.

  4. mvschulze says:

    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 🙂

  5. Molly says:

    lovely images, the fly really stands out against the colour of the flower

    Mollyxxx

  6. […] butterfly (more formally known as Papilio glaucus) a few weeks ago. Somehow, it landed on the same kind of bright pink flowers I photographed that bee fly the same day, even though those bushes were in different areas of the botanical garden. Those […]

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