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bombylius minor

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Beefly Wildlife and nature

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
23 Apr 2013 6:03AM
Excellent images of this compact bee like thingy Carol !! beautiful colours on the wings in V3. Great write up on them too !!

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ColleenA Plus
5 358 6 Australia
23 Apr 2013 6:22AM
Oh wow CarolGrinGrin, simply stunning...wonderful captures with incredible detail....well done
johnke 5 223 15
23 Apr 2013 6:23AM
A super set Carol, very well taken and presented...John
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
23 Apr 2013 6:55AM
Brilliant captures!

It's been raining here, so I haven't seen one since the one I missed!!
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 7:05AM
This is fab! Never seen one of those. What a lovely furry coat he has Carol. Smile

Ray42 10 3 England
23 Apr 2013 7:07AM
A great set
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 7:09AM
super set carol brilliant detail wonderful colours and light v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 7:16AM
Great set such detail. Like V1 the best for the simplicity of perch. Nice work Carol. paul
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
23 Apr 2013 7:21AM
First class macro work Carol.

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 7:21AM
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!
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.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
23 Apr 2013 7:32AM
Like all four captures and V1 and V4 just ahead for me Carol, excellent macro images.


23 Apr 2013 7:34AM
Wonderful set of images top knotch macros Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 7:44AM
Incredible details....
mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 7:48AM
Well put together carol, great set of images.
cheers phil.
23 Apr 2013 7:51AM
Super set of macro images Carol,
23 Apr 2013 8:02AM
A stunning set of captures, Carol. Light and detail are amazing.
dven Plus
12 25 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 8:03AM
Terrific detail

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
23 Apr 2013 8:05AM
Excellent and great images,Carol,very well done,
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Apr 2013 8:14AM
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.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 8:20AM
Four lovely images of this interesting insect.
23 Apr 2013 8:45AM
Great images and interesting info .He looks cosy ! Wink
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
23 Apr 2013 8:52AM
Stunning details.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 8:55AM
Spectacular super sized snap shots...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
23 Apr 2013 8:56AM
A fascinating flitter, rather ungainly looking, but beautifully captured.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 9:35AM
V1 definitely the best. We are just starting to see bugs appear, saw my first butterfly and first ladybird yesterday...
9 10 10 England
23 Apr 2013 9:56AM
Extremely well detailed Carol.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 9:59AM
Four sharp images of top quality.
You never fail to amaze.
V1 and V4 for me today.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 Apr 2013 10:38AM
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
23 Apr 2013 10:39AM
Very nice set of images .. very sharp too. Can,t expect with my lens.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
23 Apr 2013 10:41AM
V1 for me. Excellent detail
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 11:12AM
Super set, Carol.
23 Apr 2013 12:10PM
Great set Carol love that V1 it's superb.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
23 Apr 2013 12:12PM
Incredible shots, that Panasonic compact. Might get one myself.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
23 Apr 2013 12:20PM
top work Carol

Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 12:42PM
Wow - absolutely spectacular Carol - incredible detail and clarity on this wonderful set of images.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 12:57PM
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
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
23 Apr 2013 1:36PM
A superb detailed set Carol. I've lots of different flying and crawling critters around my yard. .....Sandy
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 1:38PM
Great shots!
Ayoob 6 Australia
23 Apr 2013 1:56PM
Like the clarity and detail in all images , Carol - very well done. ....GrinGrinGrin
23 Apr 2013 2:51PM
A brown bomber as seen in Walt Disney . V1 & V4 are crackers
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 4:40PM
4 of the best here Carol, i think you should make a book with all your wonderful shots, it would sell.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 5:19PM
Great shots !!......looks like a flying 'Loo Brush' ??
23 Apr 2013 5:30PM
Great shots of this strange looking fly, I agree with Niknut,he does resemble a loo brush.
sable 9 9 7 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 6:23PM
Wow what a stunning set of images I like each and every one - Elizabeth xx
23 Apr 2013 8:10PM
Excellent detail and clarity Carol Smile
ann_g 14 19 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 8:12PM
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
23 Apr 2013 8:16PM
Good set Carol - it is different species... think mine is bombylius major - it don't half buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzWink
23 Apr 2013 8:31PM
Wonderful set of excellent captures!
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 9:05PM
Excellent shots Carol - I saw my first one yesterday in the garden SmileSmile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 9:21PM
Detail outstanding
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2013 9:51PM
Amazing detail on each, Carol, a delightful little mimicking creature.
23 Apr 2013 9:57PM
Una imagen de pelicula.
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.
DonMc 9 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 5:43PM
Hello Carol, it's all been said but cracking set of macro images!SmileSmileSmile
evelen 13 5 England
24 Apr 2013 6:25PM
wonderful set of shots Carol.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
26 Apr 2013 7:00AM
Well captured, I love the furry little beasties although they are a threat to bees.
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
27 Apr 2013 10:59AM
A weird n wonderful little creature.
Very good set Carol.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 Apr 2013 9:39PM
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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