|Copyright: Natalka Melnycky (nat)
|Date Taken: 2009-07-21|
|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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|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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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...
NOT BAD AT ALL, Nat!!!
BRAVOS are in order!!!