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139. The Push Me Pull You

  • Posted April 4, 2009 by Jon Laysell in Macro. Viewed 6127 times

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This couple of bugs were actually flying along like this. I have two questions about this set.

1. What are they? I think they are bee-flies (i.e. flies that look like bees). If so (or even if not), the most common variety in the UK is Bombylius Major. However I'm no expert, so if anyone knows better I'd be pleased to know.

2. What are they doing? Press the red button on your remote, if you think spring is in the air and they are feeling a little fruity. Press your green button if you think this is the first bout of this season's all-insect sumo championships. If you think it's a rare sighting of Buzz and Budd, the only conjoined-twin bee-flies in Europe, it's yellow. Press blue, if you think it's errr something else.

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    • # Gonia

      pretty pictures, but I don't like especially these small animals .but you caught super!

      2009.04.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Stefan Fletcher

      Can I call a friend? It worked in Slumdog Millionnaire... I would like to offer a purple button: they're taking the mickey out of humans doing the dance of the dying fly which I recall was all too popular back in the 70's and early 80's.
      And I have another question: how did you manage to capture them? They're very impressive macros.

      2009.04.04 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      i dont know what are these!
      I know more about plants than insects! its hard to know all their names!
      Anyway these are nice!
      I've seen one very close to it!

      2009.04.04 Edited Reply Cancel