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Bee Fly

Geron Sp.

Description:

I initially thought this was a mosquito pollenating a very, very tiny wildflower. I found out only this past year that mosquitos are beneficial pollenators, in addition to the females biting people and animals relentlessly for protein before laying their eggs. As it turns out, it's a bee fly.

Notes:

Shot with my home brew macro lens on my iPhone 4S


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4 Comments

freelancing
freelancing 2 years ago

Thanks, Goody. You're right!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 2 years ago

Check out the bee flies (Family Bombyliidae).

http://bugguide.net/node/view/185

freelancing
freelancing 2 years ago

Thanks! I *think* this is a mosquito. I guess it could be a type of fly mimicking a mosquito. This new macro lens attachment has got me looking into a whole new world, swarming with life! I literally sat down in our yard next to these tiny light blue flowers and took photos of everything that came by. I saw a lot more than I was able to capture, though - those little creatures move fast!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

Interesting picture and information!

Kaufman, Texas, USA

Lat: 32.58, Long: -96.31

Spotted on May 5, 2012
Submitted on May 6, 2012

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