Sunday, 8 April 2012

Bee Fly Bombylius major

Only a handful of records ever, in Staffordshire.
Photo by Patrick Coin creative commons Copy-right (CC) April 26, 2008
The Bee Fly lxys its eggs on the larvae of a Solitary Bee. When it hatches it eats the bee larvae.
Goerge Allen & myself saw one in my garden, then on my finger. If I had realised what a rarity it was I would have photographed it before helping it out of the greehouse. I took the camera out of my pocket with my other hand, altered the zoom setting to macro, only to witness the Bee Fly fly away.

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