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On Guard !!!

Bee-fly on early morning guard duty over its patch.

Seems to be (no pun intended ) a good year for these....... I'm sure there is a nest somewhere in the garden.

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Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 150 EX Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:On Guard !!!
Username:bricurtis bricurtis
Uploaded:11 Apr 2012 - 7:58 PM
Tags:Bee-fly, Bees, Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Garden, General, Insects, Pulmonaria, Wildlife / nature
Votes:47

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:06 PM

Another beaut Bri
keith

stretch123
11 Apr 2012 - 8:07 PM

great macro work

chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England241 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:11 PM

Blimey,looks like he's on stilts !!

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:18 PM


Quote: Blimey,looks like he's on stilts !!

It does Janet - this photo was the first time I realized how long their legs were.

Brian.

johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:21 PM

This has you written all over it Brian, superb
David

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:40 PM

The clicks bee flying in for this one already Brian and I am not surprised, this is an awesome macro and just what we've come to expect from a man of your calibre

FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:44 PM


Quote: This has you written all over it Brian

So that's why you are so tall then Brian Wink

Cracking shot again, super detail as always,
Geoff.

franken
franken e2 Member 123143 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:46 PM

A real stunner here Brian!

Ken

Gio
Gio  5 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 - 8:47 PM

Great shot... have you got any with the wing detail to see which type of Bee-fly it is...?? - John (Gio)

saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 8:49 PM

Amazing macro shot,well done,
Saeid

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 9:05 PM


Quote: Great shot... have you got any with the wing detail to see which type of Bee-fly it is...?? - John (Gio)

Only got profile shots but it's Bombylius major- identifiable from all other UK Bee-flies by its long rigid proboscis.

Thanks for your interest.
Brian.

Last Modified By bricurtis at 11 Apr 2012 - 9:07 PM
Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 9:07 PM

Superb Bri, and another capture for me to aspire too, just wish I was getting out at the moment Sad

Ade

Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 9:13 PM

Stunning closeup Brian. A superb capture.
Ron

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8774 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1605 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 9:32 PM

Crikey, everything about it is long....legs, proboscis, hairTongue.....great shot, Brian.

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 10:11 PM

great detail and superb shot

Snapitt
Snapitt e2 Member 5Snapitt vcard
11 Apr 2012 - 10:32 PM

Very good shot Brian. It's nice to see Bee Flies in the garden again.

Jane

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3187 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 10:44 PM

fantastic detail in this acrobatic balancing act

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64470 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 11:19 PM

Stunning, beautiful capture.
I've not heard of bee flies and this is an education as well as as a superb illustration.
Chris

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 11:31 PM

A most impressive macro shot of an insect that's new to me, Brian: I am having great difficulty getting anything from my new macro lens, so have to admire those who have mastered this sort of work.
Ronnie.

janeez
janeez e2 Member 61195 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 11:35 PM

Brilliant. We've had quite a few Bee Flies this year but then we've also had thousands of ground bees coming out of hibernation. So far it is proving to be a very interesting Spring as far as insects are concerned.

janeez
janeez e2 Member 61195 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 11:41 PM

Bee flies scatter their eggs over a large area by waggling their rear ends. The eggs find their way into the nest made by the ground bee. The bee flies offspring then feed on the larvae of the ground bee. Not really that bad as there are many more bees to the bee fly and the bee fly does pollinate flowers and they don't sting! Smile

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 6:27 AM

Such amazing legs, Brian Smile. There are quite a number appearing here, but all very busy and on the move, not like your very obliging fella Smile Carol

KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84292 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 7:28 AM

Brilliantly caught - I was thinking there seemed to be a lot about this year! It's amazing to watch them.

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 1:23 PM

Wonderfully sharp shot
Lillian

ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 5:49 PM

Never heard of a bee-fly! Sounds like an insect with an identity crisis.

Incredible capture of this weird fellow, Brian.

He definitely looks like he's on the defensive and going, "Sword off!"

A Grin

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2012 - 7:48 PM

Yes, my first thought was stilts WinkWinkWink
Fantastic detail Brian
Helen

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2012 - 5:34 PM

It does have long legs - amazing! I've seen one or two of these around too, so must have a closer look, but I don't think I've ever seen one perched on a flower before. What a great shot!
Ann

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