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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2013 - 6:59 PM


Quote: Hover Bee or Fly

Although Hoverflies and Beeflies mimic bees you can tell its a bee not a fly from the antenna (which the fly doesn't have) and by the eye shape and structure .

Also the hoverflies don't have pollen-sacks on their rear legs and, if you can get a frontal shot you will see there is a single paddle-shaped protusion with a single hair extending from the top of the eye and the tongue shape is totally different (with the bee its an extended tube with a pair of little feelers on the end, with the hover family its like a thick shoe on the base)

have a look here:

Hover

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and here

Bee

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Last Modified By brian1208 at 24 May 2013 - 7:00 PM
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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85907 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2013 - 9:48 PM

Marbled white butterflies

Coventryphotog
Coventryphotog Junior Member 1149 forum posts United Kingdom
24 May 2013 - 10:52 PM

Male Scorpion Fly...dramatic looking little thing, and quite photogenic.

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 6:56 AM

I don't really have a 'favourite' insect, I really like them all (though spiders do make me think twice!). I do like the unusual though, I still get a thrill when I spot something out of the ordinary.

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My husband presented me with this 4" beauty one afternoon, when he was cutting wood! It's a Rhyssa persuasoria (the largest Ichneumon wasp in the UK)

I just wish the wretched weather would warm up, there are no insects around at the moment (just a few furry bumble bees).

Last Modified By KarenFB at 25 May 2013 - 6:56 AM
Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114491 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 7:02 AM


Quote: I just wish the wretched weather would warm up, there are no insects around at the moment

You ain't kidding Karen, I'm right fed up with it! I put the moth traps out last night and normally this time of year I'd catch in excess of a 100-150 different specimens, last nights count was just 5.......Unbelievable SadSadSadSad

Nice wasp BTW Wink

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 7:06 AM

It makes me wonder if the bugs can recover - after all, the Bee-flies have been and gone already! There are Cuckoo flowers around, but I haven't found a single Orange Tip butterfly egg on any of them!

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 8:06 AM

haven't seen a darned thing in the garden for the last week or so, not even our dreaded gnats from the river. Give it a few days and they will all come back

(The fledglings are all coming in to be fed by their parents though so that's filling the gap well Smile )

Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 122228 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 9:42 AM

If it's any consolation, there is absolutely rien in the way of bugs here in the south of France. However, the wild flowers have been spectacular Smile

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 12:36 PM

The sun has come out and in the space of about 1 minute we've had a Speckled Wood, a Hoverfly and a Bumble feeding on the Dicentra - so there is hope yet Smile

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84270 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2013 - 3:44 PM

Just got back from a walk - the sun is trying to shine, between the large clouds. I've seen several 'Whites', a Speckled Wood, hovers, a shield bug, bumbles, some Scorpion flies, a moth (sorry Ade, no photo, though it looked like an Angle Shade) and a few damsels. Oh, and a female Roe deer, who just stood there and watched me! Smile

Definitely warmer, things are waking up at last!

johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 6:39 AM


One of my Favorite Insects.

johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 6:46 AM

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 7:07 AM

you do get some interesting Bees in SA John, that's a beauty

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110227 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 7:33 AM

Too many to select one "Favourite" so here are a few

Dronefly

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Common Gnat (Female - the male has large ornate antenna)

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Hawthorn Shield Bug

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Shield bug taking off (sorry for the poor quality but I've never caught this before)

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A leaf-cutter bee (this year's project is to try for some professional quality images of this fascinating little bee at work)

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StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014630 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2013 - 7:52 AM

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