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Bombylius major

Bombylius major
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Copyright: Natalka Melnycky (nat) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 24] (82)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-21
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-20 15:11
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Points: 3
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This bee-fly kept following me all day, while I was doing field work near Eston, Saskatchewan. My apologies for having a pen in the photo, but that was the best shot I could manage. I had to take my notes very carefuly once this little bug arrived, so as to not squish it in the process.

I think the species is Bombylius major, but it could be another species of the Bombyliidae family, that I am unaware of. The adults of the B. major take nectar from flowers of herbaceous plants. The larvae are parasitoids of the larvae of solitary bees. They have a wing span of 2.5cm and body-length of 12-18mm.


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Hi Nat,
The blue pen is intriguing until you realise what it is. The fly is very sharp. Well done. I don't think it is B. major, though, as it doesn't have the black wing leading edges (see here). Need a bit more research...

Well focused!!!
BRAVOS are in order!!!

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