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Heath Bee-fly

Bombylius minor

Description:

Bombylius is a large genus of flies belonging to the family Bombyliidae. They are known as the bee-flies, due to their striking resemblance to bees and bumblebees, and are distributed worldwide. 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 to probe for nectar as they fly (much like a hummingbird), by their rapid and darting flight, and by the peculiar structure of their legs.(wiki) This heath bee-fly was spotted this morning, while foraging on wildflowers, in the outskirts of Volos city, Greece.



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Βόλος, Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Θεσσαλίας - Στερεάς Ελλάδας, Greece

Lat: 39.36, Long: 22.97

Spotted on May 26, 2017
Submitted on May 26, 2017

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