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Bombylius major

Bombylius major
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Copyright: Helmut Roos (buscape) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 800E, AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G VR
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-21 4:21
Viewed: 1990
Points: 30
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Class: Insecta; Order: Diptera; Family: Bombyliidae; Genus: Bombylius; Species: Bombylius major

The Large Bee-fly, Bombylius major, is a bee mimic.
The adult is 14 to 18 millimetres in length, squat and very hairy, with a wingspan of around 24 mm. It has dark patches on the anterior half of the wings and long hairy legs that dangle while in flight. The very long proboscis is used to feed on the nectar of many species of flower, especially primroses. While its wings continue to beat its front legs grip the flower and its long rigid beak is inserted to collect the nectar. Despite its fearsome appearance, the beak is quite harmless. Bearing a mimetic resemblance to bees their body is stout and furry, with the top of the thorax being black and shiny and the pile either brown, yellow, or white. They have long spindly legs as well as a long rigid proboscis found in the front of the head. Their boldly patterned wings have a distinct dividing border through the horizontal middle between the dark and clear portions. Their antennae are typically very short and pointed. In the field they will be seen hovering and darting above bare ground or flowers, in an up-and-down movement, accompanied by a high-pitched buzz.

Source: Wikipedia



Klasse: Insekten; Ordnung: Zweiflügler; Unterordnung: Fliegen; Familie: Wollschweber; Gattung: Bombylius; Art: Großer Wollschweber

Der Große Wollschweber (Bombylius major) ist eine Art aus der Familie der Wollschweber innerhalb der Ordnung der Zweiflügler (Diptera).
Die Art erreicht eine Körperlänge von 9 bis 12 Millimetern. Der Körper ist vom Kopf bis zum Hinterleib sowie auch seitlich dicht pelzig braun bis gelblich-beige behaart. Am Mesonotum und Schildchen (Scutellum) befinden sich aufrechte gelbliche Haare. Auffällig ist der 5,5 bis 7,7 Millimeter lange Saugrüssel, der in Ruhelage meist gerade nach vorne gestreckt ist. Die dunklen Fühler sind ebenfalls nach vorne gestreckt und sind basal rotbraun beborstet. Am Vorderrand der Flügel ist eine dunkle, breite, nach hinten gezackte Binde zu erkennen, die hintere Flügelhälfte ist durchsichtig. Schenkel (Femora), Knie bzw. der untere Teil der Schienen (Tibien) und Tarsen sind rotbraun gefärbt und beborstet. Die Klauen und deren Pulvilli sind eher klein.

Quelle: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-21 4:26]

Hi Helmut,very nice capture of this common insect,always in mouvement and very difficult to take whit good details like in your pic,very nice composition too whit these beautiful myosotis too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Helmut,
Well presentation.Nice pose and active moment with natural colour and beautiful light.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-21 5:13]

Fine composition for this interesting bee species feasting on the lovely blue flowers. tfs.


Hallo Helmut,
sehr liebliches Bild von diesem nicht sehr lieblichen Insekt. Sehr schön..!
freundliche Grüsse

Hello Helmut
Fantastic macro of this interesting species.Great compo,wonderful soft colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a great day!
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-05-21 6:58]

Hello Helmut,
Fine sharp detailed macro of this Bee-fly in beautiful colours and a very nice surroundings. Taken from a very good POV in an attractive composition.

Makes a nice composition with those blue Forget-me-not flowers, Helmut.
The Fly is almost in hovering position.

hallo Helmut
very nice shot with good sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-21 9:55]

Hi Helmut.
We have similar but a bit different species of the insect. An such flowers are also widespread in our region. All together they create a pleasant composition with ultimate reproduction of details of the flyer and colours of the scene. My compliments and best regards.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-21 10:38]

Hi Helmut,
Very nice close-up of this Bee-fly.
Amazing colors, excellent focus with nice composition.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Helmut, lovely composition with beautiful Bombyilis mayor on nice flowers, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-22 4:19]

Lieber Helmut,
Du hast auch mit den kleineren Insekten..ein feines Bild dieses Wollschwebers sich in ein hübsches Vergissmeinnicht vertiefend. Subtiles Frühlingsbild,aber auch für solche Bilder muss man ja fast Glück haben.
Herzlich grüsst

Hello Helmut
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Hello Helmut.
Very well composed picture with great detail and colour.
fine angle and good BG makes this picture superb.
best wishes,

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