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Bee-fly; Mosca Abeja

Bombylius sp.


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.

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28 Comments (1–25)

arlanda 7 years ago

Gracias Eulalia

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 7 years ago

Difícil de conseguir. ¡Buena!

Great series Arlanda,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks DrNamgyalT.Sherpa

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 7 years ago

Congrats Arlanda for the SOTD.

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Sergio, it is not a very difficult picture to do since they hover very steadily close to the flowers, so you have a couple of seconds to focus and click, ;)

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Mark, we have more than 30 of them in Spain, and all are very difficult to identify. Very week details can identify them, like for example dark stains in the wings, very difficult to see since they seldom stop beating the wings. So, in the end, most of them I can just identify as Bombylius sp. and I am sure that down there it must be very similar.

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Ingrid3

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

One day I'll take a photo like this one... Congratulations.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congratulations arlanda. I'm amazed how similar this one is to one of ours.

Ingrid3 7 years ago

super neat photo!

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks JillBlack

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks LaureZarate

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Congratulations! Beautiful!

JillBlack 7 years ago

Congrats on SOTD great shot

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Desmond, Irina and James

Desmond.E.S.O 7 years ago

Congrats! and so cool!!!!

IrinaSh 7 years ago

Congratulations on your SOTD, Arlanda..
many of your photos are amazing and picturesque..

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Congrats arlanda

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks Daniele!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Congratulations Arlanda!

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks triggsturner and Zlatan

arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks a lot, Yasser.
I already photographed a bee-fly before and when I first saw it I though about let it go. But I was a bit bored so I just thought that a it more pics of the bee-fly would not do any harm. So I tried to get it in flight with manual focusing. And that is what I got. I had a lot of fun!!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 7 years ago

Wow, magnificent shots.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD arlanda, Stunning phography.

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on May 4, 2015
Submitted on May 27, 2015

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