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Bombylius is a large genus of flies flies belonging to the family Bombyliidae, known as the bee-flies, due to their striking resemblance to bees and bumblebees, and are distributed through environments world-wide.
All species in the genus share a similarity with the unrelated bees and bumblebees, which they mimic, possessing a thick coat of fur, with a colour ranging from yellow to orange. They can, however, be told apart from their models by the long and stiff proboscis they possess, used for probing for nectar as they fly (much like a hummingbird), by their rapid and darting flight, and by the peculiar structure of their legs. As larvae, they are parasitic and infest the nests of solitary bees, consuming their food stores and grubs.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:bombylius minor
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:23 Apr 2013 - 5:49 AM
Tags:Beefly, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:93
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Hermanus
Hermanus  1 South Africa
23 Apr 2013 - 6:03 AM

Excellent images of this compact bee like thingy Carol !! beautiful colours on the wings in V3. Great write up on them too !!

Last Modified By Hermanus at 23 Apr 2013 - 6:03 AM

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 1111 forum postsColleenA vcard South Africa3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 6:22 AM

Oh wow CarolGrinGrin, simply stunning...wonderful captures with incredible detail....well done

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 6:23 AM

A super set Carol, very well taken and presented...John

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 74167 forum postsKarenFB vcard England160 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 6:55 AM

Brilliant captures!

It's been raining here, so I haven't seen one since the one I missed!!

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Caziwinkles
23 Apr 2013 - 7:05 AM

This is fab! Never seen one of those. What a lovely furry coat he has Carol. Smile

Carol

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:07 AM

A great set

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:09 AM

super set carol brilliant detail wonderful colours and light v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:16 AM

Great set such detail. Like V1 the best for the simplicity of perch. Nice work Carol. paul

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23 Apr 2013 - 7:21 AM

First class macro work Carol.

Albert

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 342 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:21 AM

An all round nasty piece of work then Carol... You produce some wonderfully detailed images of creatures that should only exist in someone's imagination! Great work!

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RajaSidambaram
23 Apr 2013 - 7:29 AM

The epidermal hairs (V4) of the plant out shine the glory of the fur coat of Bombylius minor. Wonderful macros, Carol, of the swift flier. - Raja.

Last Modified By RajaSidambaram at 23 Apr 2013 - 7:31 AM

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achieverswales
23 Apr 2013 - 7:32 AM

Like all four captures and V1 and V4 just ahead for me Carol, excellent macro images.

Regards

Trev.

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anglingandyq
anglingandyq e2 Member 1anglingandyq vcard England
23 Apr 2013 - 7:34 AM

Wonderful set of images top knotch macros Smile

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barbarahirst
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23 Apr 2013 - 7:44 AM

Incredible details....

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mex
mex  6 United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 7:48 AM

Well put together carol, great set of images.
cheers phil.

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Badgerfred e2 Member 6Badgerfred vcard Wales
23 Apr 2013 - 7:51 AM

Super set of macro images Carol,
Fred.

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
23 Apr 2013 - 8:02 AM

A stunning set of captures, Carol. Light and detail are amazing.
Effrossini

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dven
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23 Apr 2013 - 8:03 AM

Terrific detail

dven

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:05 AM

Excellent and great images,Carol,very well done,
saeid

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:14 AM

4 super macros, Carol, the detail in each quite excellent: difficult to choose a winner........V 4 might be my favourite, although V 1 could be a contender too as more of the eye is seen.
Ronnie.

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LynneJoyce
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23 Apr 2013 - 8:20 AM

Four lovely images of this interesting insect.

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Old Username was gilbo Scotland
23 Apr 2013 - 8:45 AM

Great images and interesting info .He looks cosy ! Wink

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23 Apr 2013 - 8:52 AM

Stunning details.

Ann

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NDODS e2 Member 32328 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:55 AM

Spectacular super sized snap shots...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4966 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:56 AM

A fascinating flitter, rather ungainly looking, but beautifully captured.

Dave

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:35 AM

V1 definitely the best. We are just starting to see bugs appear, saw my first butterfly and first ladybird yesterday...
Moira

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:56 AM

Extremely well detailed Carol.
Joan.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom71 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:59 AM

Four sharp images of top quality.
You never fail to amaze.
V1 and V4 for me today.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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TrevBatWCC
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23 Apr 2013 - 10:38 AM

He certainly is a furry chap! It certainly is educational on this site, especially of your wildlife creatures, Carol, and this is another splendid set of close-ups Wink
Trev Smile

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Deep_Bhatia
23 Apr 2013 - 10:39 AM

Very nice set of images .. very sharp too. Can,t expect with my lens.

Deep

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lonely_oryx
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23 Apr 2013 - 10:41 AM

V1 for me. Excellent detail

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TonyDy
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23 Apr 2013 - 11:12 AM

Super set, Carol.
Tony

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23 Apr 2013 - 12:10 PM

Great set Carol love that V1 it's superb.
Gary

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 12:12 PM

Incredible shots, that Panasonic compact. Might get one myself.
chris

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23 Apr 2013 - 12:20 PM

top work Carol

Stace

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 12:42 PM

Wow - absolutely spectacular Carol - incredible detail and clarity on this wonderful set of images.

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 - 12:57 PM

Thank you for explaining Carol! Never seen one of those! She's beautiful! Love the angle in V1 but they are trully amazing images... IB

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Daisymaye
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23 Apr 2013 - 1:36 PM

A superb detailed set Carol. I've lots of different flying and crawling critters around my yard. .....Sandy

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23 Apr 2013 - 1:38 PM

Great shots!

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Ayoob
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23 Apr 2013 - 1:56 PM

Like the clarity and detail in all images , Carol - very well done. ....GrinGrinGrin

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 2:51 PM

A brown bomber as seen in Walt Disney . V1 & V4 are crackers

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Brian65 e2 Member 4Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 - 4:40 PM

4 of the best here Carol, i think you should make a book with all your wonderful shots, it would sell.
Brian

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Niknut
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23 Apr 2013 - 5:19 PM

Great shots !!......looks like a flying 'Loo Brush' ??

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23 Apr 2013 - 5:30 PM

Great shots of this strange looking fly, I agree with Niknut,he does resemble a loo brush.
Sylvia

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sable  5 England7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 6:23 PM

Wow what a stunning set of images I like each and every one - Elizabeth xx

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23 Apr 2013 - 8:10 PM

Excellent detail and clarity Carol Smile

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ann_g
ann_g  10 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 - 8:12 PM

wow!

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bricurtis e2 Member 81873 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 8:16 PM

Good set Carol - it is different species... think mine is bombylius major - it don't half buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzWink
Brian.

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23 Apr 2013 - 8:31 PM

Wonderful set of excellent captures!
George

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helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:05 PM

Excellent shots Carol - I saw my first one yesterday in the garden SmileSmile
Helen

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23 Apr 2013 - 9:21 PM

Detail outstanding

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8685 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1531 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2013 - 9:51 PM

Amazing detail on each, Carol, a delightful little mimicking creature.

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 2gallero vcard Venezuela
23 Apr 2013 - 9:57 PM

Una imagen de pelicula.

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23 Apr 2013 - 9:59 PM

Hi Carol, I so grateful to photographers like you as you give me the chance to see these little creatures up close, enlarged & all the time in the world to study them. Thanks so much, Si.
PS glad you had a good laugh, more later.

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24 Apr 2013 - 5:43 PM

Hello Carol, it's all been said but cracking set of macro images!SmileSmileSmile
don

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evelen  9 England
24 Apr 2013 - 6:25 PM

wonderful set of shots Carol.
eve.Smile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 2186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2013 - 7:00 AM

Well captured, I love the furry little beasties although they are a threat to bees.

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Apr 2013 - 10:59 AM

A weird n wonderful little creature.
Very good set Carol.

B.

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27 Apr 2013 - 9:39 PM

The clicks bee flying in for these Carol and I ain't surprised. The epzers' nose quality when they see it!Grin

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