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07-20-2018, 01:52 PM - 2 Likes   #346
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wasn't surprised to find one bee in this blossom

but to have the second one fly into it

now that was unexpected

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I find this thread now and then. Just flipped through 8 pages. Now this page is also subscribed.
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Very small fly of some kind.
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Dragonfly

with matching rust. Was shooting as I slowly stepped forward. This is the last shot I got before it took off. I was about 5' away. Cropped somewhat.



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Bee feeding on the spearmint flowers

- KS-2 and Sigma 105mm macro.. Love this lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dronegeek Quote
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Actually a fly, not a bee. I get confused too, especially by flies that mimic bees or wasps and wasps that behave like flies.

Last image in the RTP of this tiny assassin bug with a bright red parasitic whatever-it-is just behind its head on the right side. There's a second red parasitic whatever at the extreme hind end of the assassin bug's abdomen as well.
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From a visit to a beaver meadow near Algonquin Park, Ontario

One of the Meadowhawks



Have to spend some more time figuring this one out

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Ebony Jewelwings



Thought this was an Eastern Comma but the white spots don't look right
Edit: now that I have my butterfly book it turns out it's a Compton's Tortoiseshell




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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Actually a fly, not a bee. I get confused too, especially by flies that mimic bees or wasps and wasps that behave like flies.
Cool, I learned something today... Looks like a Drone Fly if my identification is right - thanks for the info..
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Cool, I learned something today... Looks like a Drone Fly if my identification is right - thanks for the info..
Reflexively I always used to look for the wings - four on a wasp, two on a fly - but as I learned recently, sometimes the hindwings on wasps are very small and impossible to see in a photo. The antennae are sometimes easier: wasps: long, multi-jointed, moderately thick, sometimes expanded at the end (club-like, but that may be hard to see); flies: short, hair-like, slightly curved, tapered antennae with no visible jointing,
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Bees and wasps fore and hind wings actually link together, to give them flexibility and strength. It's kind of a zipper. The best distinguishing features to see quickly are:

Eyes. Fly eyes are large and often take up most of the head, sometimes meeting in the center. Bee eyes are separated, and on the sides of their head. Wasps are similar. Bees are wasps, after all. Bees and wasps also have 3 occeli, simple eyes in a triangular pattern.
Antennae. Flies have small antennae, bees and wasps have long flexible antennae with a ball joint, and can be manipulated.
Mouths. Flies have sucking mouths. Bees and wasps have obvious mandibles.

Of course these are easiest seen on the largest examples, tiny flies, wasps, bees can be challenging.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DW58 Quote
with matching rust. Was shooting as I slowly stepped forward. This is the last shot I got before it took off. I was about 5' away. Cropped somewhat.
Wow!! Nice shot!
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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
From a visit to a beaver meadow near Algonquin Park, Ontario

One of the Meadowhawks



Have to spend some more time figuring this one out

IMGP3331W by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/134704249@N02/]



Ebony Jewelwings



Thought this was an Eastern Comma but the white spots don't look right


Check the butterfly out here

Butterflies of Ontario

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