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Bombylius
Posted By: Glorfindelrb, 04-06-2015, 05:08 PM

First try of my 100mm macro f4.

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04-06-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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A second one of the same insect.
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These guys are cool. Always the first sign of spring
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interesting little well-insulated fly. Do you know what it feeds on with that long proboscis?

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They eat the nectar from flowers. This one was on primulas.
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I figured as a Bombus mimic it would be a nectar feeder as an adult. Sometimes insects with such specialized equipment are pretty specialized. That proboscis might be about as long as a long-faced Bumble's tongue - which would make sense.
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This is probably Bombylius Major and the adult is not specialized. The larva is a parasite of some solitary bees and wasps nests but again i don't think that it is specialized too much, the distribution would be smaller.
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