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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pollen and pollinaters

Can you name this Fly? If so, please leave a comment below.

Sunday, the weather was kind for once, yet my back and my neck were hammering down too much, and so I had to stay home unfortunately. Instead, I stuffed myself with fresh fruit with my large fruit salad with I make every Sunday.
I hoped the wind would stay similarly nice the next day, and although the wind was still quite full on to photograph Wild Flowers, I headed off. A few showers had passed and I hoped the dark clouds would look kind on me! As if!
This Knapweed had just opened, the fresh pollen has an attraaction to me as well as to these Insects. The pollen stands out and sparkles really, very hard to capture in photos though.

Althuogh the photos of the Fly weren't that hard in the strengthening wind, this Bee was a bit late, and as you can see, keeping flower and Insect in the same frame was getting harder and more difficult.

So my apologies for quality. What did catch my eye though,was all the white on this Bee. White bands around the abdomen, I do see regularly, but not a Bee with white thorax as well as a white abdomen!. Any ideasto the specie?? Let me know, please! See the comment box underneath this post.

Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria


  1. Hi Yoke, I think your fly may be Rhingia campestris

  2. Gorgeous photos. I think there is nothing more cute-fuzzy than bees and bumblebess. I love them. :-)

  3. there are lots of bees about at the mo

  4. Thanks, Phil;
    You hit the nail right on the spot! Thank yuo very much.

  5. Hi Michelle, and Pete. Yes, the Bees are around, but I don't see them that often due to the wet weather that we've been having lately.

    Phil, I discovered that the larvae of R.campestris (the top Fly, feeds on cow dung. No wonder i found it near a cattle yard.

  6. Hi Crow. I think we all associate many of our Bees with their orange fur, don't we?


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