On Guard !!!

By bricurtis
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.


Tags: Insects General Garden Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Bees Bee-fly Wildlife and nature Pulmonaria

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KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 8:06PM
Another beaut Bri

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11 Apr 2012 8:07PM
great macro work
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Apr 2012 8:11PM
Blimey,looks like he's on stilts !!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
11 Apr 2012 8:18PM

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

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

johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 8:21PM
This has you written all over it Brian, superb
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
11 Apr 2012 8:40PM
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 10 38 217 England
11 Apr 2012 8:44PM

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,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 8:46PM
A real stunner here Brian!

Gio 8 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 8:47PM
Great shot... have you got any with the wing detail to see which type of Bee-fly it is...?? - John (Gio)
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
11 Apr 2012 8:49PM
Amazing macro shot,well done,
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
11 Apr 2012 9:05PM

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.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
11 Apr 2012 9:07PM
Superb Bri, and another capture for me to aspire too, just wish I was getting out at the moment Sad

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
11 Apr 2012 9:13PM
Stunning closeup Brian. A superb capture.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 9:32PM
Crikey, everything about it is long....legs, proboscis, hairTongue.....great shot, Brian.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 10:11PM
great detail and superb shot
11 Apr 2012 10:32PM
Very good shot Brian. It's nice to see Bee Flies in the garden again.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Apr 2012 10:44PM
fantastic detail in this acrobatic balancing act
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
11 Apr 2012 11:19PM
Stunning, beautiful capture.
I've not heard of bee flies and this is an education as well as as a superb illustration.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
11 Apr 2012 11:31PM
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.
janeez Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 11:35PM
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 Plus
9 1.8k 8 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 11:41PM
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 11 199 20 Greece
12 Apr 2012 6:27AM
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 Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
12 Apr 2012 7:28AM
Brilliantly caught - I was thinking there seemed to be a lot about this year! It's amazing to watch them.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 1:23PM
Wonderfully sharp shot
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
12 Apr 2012 5:49PM
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 Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 7:48PM
Yes, my first thought was stilts WinkWinkWink
Fantastic detail Brian
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 5:34PM
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!

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