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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Volucella bombylans var. bombylans the Bumble Bee Mimic

Yesterday my wife drew my attention to a very shiny, mostly black "bumble bee" on a flower. It had reddish hairs on its rear end but a close look found the antennae to be short and fine.

This was clearly a hoverfly of the genus Volucella, with the typical face and the comb-like antennae. As it was spending a long time on one or two flowers, and tolerated my close approach, I was able to frame it for several shots but the gusting wind, moving the flowers on their slender stems, limited the usable images. It moved to a more sheltered leaf where I got more shots but not at the angles I would have preferred. Some of these images needed a bit more processing than normal.

I thought the fly had returned to the original flower but it was the bumble bee look-alike (a male Bombus lapidarius). It moved onto bramble flowers, where it seemed to like facing away from me but I got one reasonable shot (last image). The orange fur on the front of the thorax makes it a male.

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“The female lays its eggs in the nests of bumblebees and wasps where the larvae feed on debris and occasionally the bee larvae”.

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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

I thought it was new to me.

On checking, I find that I have images of the other form var. plumata. I saw it two years ago, almost to the day

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Is that what you call a 3D Bee...…………..
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No, it's a 3D bee mimic.

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Shucks, I thought I had it nailed...………...Never mind the buzz...…..
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Solitary Bee

It seemed that the blustery wind was enough to keep this individual on a leaf for at least several minutes. I took lots of shots but, due to frequent subject movement, only this image is reasonably good. This was on 11 May.

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