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Hemipenthes morio


Common 'bee-fly'. The adults grow up to 7–10 millimetres long, while the wingspan reaches 5–15 millimetres. They can mostly be encountered from May through August feeding on nectar and pollen of a variety of flowers (for instance of Lavandula stoechas, Cytisus scoparius, Thapsia villosa, etc.). Their body is dark-brown and hairy, especially on the side of the abdomen. The wings have a light area located near the apex and a dark area close to costal margin, separated by a zig-zag division. The apex of cell R1 is hyaline. The dark area of the wings almost reaches the end of the abdomen. The larvae are hyperparasites (parasites of parasites), mainly developing in larvae of flies (Diptera, Tachinidae), as well as in wasp larvae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) parasitizing caterpillars moths (Noctuidae).


Holm oak forest


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec. f/32 ISO Speed Rating: 400. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired

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arlanda 7 years ago

Thanks to you Mark

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Hmm they are smaller than I thought... And hyperparasites too! thanks Arland I learned something new.

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Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Jun 17, 2013
Submitted on Oct 8, 2013

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