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Bombylius is a large genus of flies belonging to the family Bombyliidae, known as the bee-flies, due to their striking resemblance to bees and bumblebees. 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. They can suck the nectar on flight. They also resemble bees and bumblebees in their rapid flight that can change direction abruptly. They are parasitic, since they lay their eggs near the nests of solitary bees and their larvae feed on the larvae of bees and the food stored in their nests.
Spotted in a evergreen oak forest
Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/320 sec.; f/9; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm.