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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)
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Marbled white butterflies
Male Scorpion Fly...dramatic looking little thing, and quite photogenic.
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.
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).
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
Nice wasp BTW
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!
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 )
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
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
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!
Definitely warmer, things are waking up at last!
One of my Favorite Insects.
you do get some interesting Bees in SA John, that's a beauty
Too many to select one "Favourite" so here are a few
Common Gnat (Female - the male has large ornate antenna)
Hawthorn Shield Bug
Shield bug taking off (sorry for the poor quality but I've never caught this before)
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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