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I managed to grab a couple of images of this rather unusual beefly, feeding on wild thyme in the meadow. Xenox tigrinus is more commonly known as the tiger bee fly. Tiger bee flies hunt for carpenter bees. When a female tiger bee fly locates a carpenter bee nest she lays eggs at the entrance. The eggs hatch into larvae that find the carpenter bees within. Tiger bee fly larvae usually wait until their prey is in the helpless pupal state, and then they eat it.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:xenox tigrinus
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:13 Jul 2012 - 4:49 AM
Tags:Beefly, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:68
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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green9hornet
13 Jul 2012 - 5:47 AM

A lovely photograph Carol, very delicate and beautiful......G.H.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2012 - 6:02 AM

Great shots and an informative narrative

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13 Jul 2012 - 6:09 AM

An excellent macro image Carol,both great......

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KarenFB
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13 Jul 2012 - 6:24 AM

Version 2 for me today - I do prefer the image without the blurred area at the bottom! Smile

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13 Jul 2012 - 6:35 AM

You would think the Carpenter Bees would build a wooden fence to keep them out Wink Seriously I enjoyed your informative write up supporting your fine macro images.

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13 Jul 2012 - 6:47 AM

Superb shots Carol.

Andy

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netta1234
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13 Jul 2012 - 6:48 AM

The same goes for me the same as KarenSmile
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MoragM
MoragM  4 Scotland
13 Jul 2012 - 6:51 AM

Super shot Carol, like the angle you've captured, V1 for me and unlike Karen I do like the soft focus at the bottom.

Morag

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2012 - 6:52 AM

v1 for me today carol cracking colour and detail a belter nice one Wink
andy

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RonnieAG
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13 Jul 2012 - 6:54 AM

Fascinating life cycle described, Carol: yet another new species to me, the two shots of it equally well captured.
Ronnie.

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13 Jul 2012 - 7:10 AM

I love the soft focus on V1 and I wouldn't want to meet that at the entrance of my nest.

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13 Jul 2012 - 7:12 AM

Two excellent shots, i like version 1 with the blur as it concentrates your eye to the insect

dven

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annettep38
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13 Jul 2012 - 7:33 AM

No 1 for me, great capture with the Olof foreground adding a lot of atmosphere!

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GlenD
GlenD  7 United States
13 Jul 2012 - 7:33 AM

Wink Still at it and at it great I see

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LynneJoyce
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13 Jul 2012 - 7:46 AM

Super pics and an interesting, if gruesome description.

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barbarahirst
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13 Jul 2012 - 8:21 AM

looks like a half vote each today.

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2012 - 8:34 AM

Two fantastic and great macro shot,Carol,very well done,
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13 Jul 2012 - 8:39 AM

Excellent macro work Carol, V1 my favourite,
Fred.

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13 Jul 2012 - 8:50 AM

Gosh, never knew there were so many different types of Bee-like critters! Fascinating info and 2 excellent images. Think it's V1 for me as I quite like the blurred flower adding that something extra.

Ann

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CaroleS
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13 Jul 2012 - 8:54 AM

That's a new one to me, can't decide between the two so they share my vote. A very good macro.
Carole

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Norfolkboy
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13 Jul 2012 - 9:13 AM

Two fine macros, Carol.
Colin

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SlowSong
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13 Jul 2012 - 9:56 AM

You're finding some real beasties lately. Smile

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Scotland
13 Jul 2012 - 10:24 AM

love v1. a great capture of a nasty beastie!Wink

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13 Jul 2012 - 10:28 AM

Excellent shots again, Carol.
Tony

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achieverswales
13 Jul 2012 - 10:37 AM

Two stunners Carol share the marks excellent macros.

Regards

Trev.

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13 Jul 2012 - 10:49 AM

Like both shots, narrative and presentation.
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digital_boi
13 Jul 2012 - 11:52 AM

twi winners Carol V1 just has the edge for me today excellent caputres

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Deep_Bhatia
13 Jul 2012 - 12:50 PM

Excellent. V2 for me. Deep

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13 Jul 2012 - 1:06 PM

Another new one! v1 for me, Carol, I do like a bit of space around insects giving more of it's environment.

Dave

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2012 - 1:26 PM

Stunning !

Barry

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13 Jul 2012 - 1:52 PM

V2 today Carol - it's a very beautiful close up image.
Joan.

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TrevBatWCC
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13 Jul 2012 - 4:04 PM

Something else I don't think I've ever seen before Wink Two very fine images, Carol, and think V2's my fave Smile

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13 Jul 2012 - 4:17 PM

Great information and a cracking presentation

Peter

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13 Jul 2012 - 5:22 PM

A very sinister looking character indeed. Very well taken.
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13 Jul 2012 - 5:27 PM

A beautiful flying thing! I love the oof foreground, so v1 for me all the way! Smile
Ann

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13 Jul 2012 - 5:47 PM

What lovely wings it has. V1 is the shot for me here Carol. Like that softness at the bottom. Moira

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evelen
evelen  9 England
13 Jul 2012 - 6:27 PM

stunning shots great looking insect carol.
eve.

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2012 - 7:00 PM

'v1 is my 'Top Pick,' today, Carol, on the "2" Superb macro Images' ~ Peter

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13 Jul 2012 - 7:25 PM

Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!

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13 Jul 2012 - 7:30 PM

Your description is intriguing and the shot are wonderful.

Rock

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13 Jul 2012 - 7:39 PM

A real good 'un Carol

Suppose the weather is still hot and dryWink


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13 Jul 2012 - 8:45 PM

What a beautiful insect Carol! Loving the shimering paters on the wings! IB

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13 Jul 2012 - 9:36 PM

Splendid work Carol ...Bill

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2012 - 9:50 PM

wow, what a beauty, well captured
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13 Jul 2012 - 11:26 PM

Two lovely images Carol.
Pauline

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13 Jul 2012 - 11:27 PM

Excellent once again Carol,both superb..Lin

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14 Jul 2012 - 11:40 PM

Exceptional macrowork Carol, the detail and clarity is to be admired

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