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Makroaufnahme eines grossen Wollschwebers auf einem Vergissmeinnicht.

So cute, this little insect!

 

It has dark patches on the anterior half of the wings and long hairy legs that dangle while in flight. The very long proboscis is used to feed on the nectar of many species of flower, especially primroses. While its wings continue to beat its front legs grip the flower and its long rigid beak is inserted to collect the nectar. Despite its fearsome appearance, the beak is quite harmless.

 

It's also callled the Large Bee-fly.

Beefly (Bombylius major) on Primrose (Primula vulgaris)

Bee-fly (Bombylius major) nectaring on cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensis). Surrey, UK.

 

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Large Bee-fly (Bombylius major) on the South Downs, South Downs National Park, West Sussex England

Bee-fly (Bombylius major) nectaring on cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensis). Surrey, UK.

 

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Bee-fly (Bombylius major) nectaring on cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensis). Surrey, UK.

 

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großer Wollschweber

large Bee-fly

Dark-edged Bee-fly

female

Bombyliidae

Sur Érythrome d'Amérique / on Trout Lily

Dark-edged Bee-fly

female

Bombyliidae

Bombylius Major

on Sweet Olive

Osmanthus Delavayi

Bombylius major (probablement). Ça ressemble a un bourdon qui vole sur place. Ils sont super rapide. J'en ai chopé un en vol mais ça donne pas génial avec le flash et vitesse poussé à max (arrière plan noir).

A Large Bee-fly taken at Warnham LNR, Sussex, UK on the 21st March 2017.

 

Large Bee-fly

Bujanka większa

Kukułczy koliber

Bee Fly on Forget me nots

FLORA

Primula vulgaris Huds.

class: Equisetopsida C. Agardh

subclass: Magnoliidae Novák ex Takht.

superorder: Asteranae Takht.

order: Ericales Bercht. & J. Presl

family: Primulaceae Batsch ex Borkh.

genus:! Primula L.

 

FAUNA:

Kingdom: Animalia – Animal, animaux, animals

Subkingdom: Bilateria

Infrakingdom: Protostomia

Superphylum: Ecdysozoa

Phylum: Arthropoda – Artrópode, arthropodes, arthropods

Subphylum: Hexapoda – hexapods

Class: Insecta – insects, hexapoda, inseto, insectes

Subclass: Pterygota – insects ailés, winged insects

Infraclass: Neoptera – modern, wing-folding insects

Superorder: Holometabola

Order: Diptera – mosca, mosquito, gnats, mosquitoes, true flies

Suborder: Brachycera – circular-seamed flies, muscoid flies, short-horned flies, mouches muscoïdes

Infraorder: Muscomorpha

Family: Bombyliidae – bee flies, bombiles

Subfamily: Bombyliinae

Tribe: Bombyliini

Genus: Bombylius

Species: Bombylius major Linnaeus, 1758

 

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Copyright :copyright: Daniel Ruyle

Large Bee-fly (Bombylius major) at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, near Pulborough West Sussex England

One of many near Nuremburg in Germany

Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus malvae) at Mill Hill Local Nature Reserve, South Downs National Park, near Shoreham by Sea West Sussex England

Bombylius Major

on Sweet Olive

Osmanthus Delavayi

Large Bee-fly (Bombylius major) on the South Downs, South Downs National Park, West Sussex England

Bombylius major and Jeffersonia diphylla

Large Bee-Fly (Bombylius major) photographed in my garden (Ipswich, Suffolk, TM166450) on 3 April 2014.

Species confirmed by Ian Andrews on the Facebook UK Diptera page.This is bee-mimic which hums, hovers and feeds on flower nectar. We see lots of them in the garden in late spring/early summer.The adults lays eggs in the nests of solitary bees, wasps and beetles. The larvae then live off the bee, wasp or beetle larvae.

A Large Bee-fly taken at Mortimores Wood LNR, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK on the 27th March 2017.

 

Copyright :copyright: Daniel Ruyle

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombylius_major

 

Velika bumbarica - Large Bee-fly, Bombylius major et Viola L. 2014 S 2194 VbuIzvRječ_1

Phylum: Arthropoda – Artrópode, arthropodes, arthropods

Subphylum: Hexapoda – hexapods

Class: Insecta – insects, hexapoda, inseto, insectes

Subclass: Pterygota – insects ailés, winged insects

Infraclass: Neoptera – modern, wing-folding insects

Superorder: Holometabola

Order: Diptera – mosca, mosquito, gnats, mosquitoes, true flies

Suborder: Brachycera – circular-seamed flies, muscoid flies, short-horned flies, mouches muscoïdes

Infraorder: Muscomorpha

Family: Bombyliidae – bee flies, bombiles

Subfamily: Bombyliinae

Tribe: Bombyliini

Genus: Bombylius

Species:

 

Viola L.

class: Equisetopsida C. Agardh

subclass:Magnoliidae Novák ex Takht.

superorder: Rosanae Takht.

order: Malpighiales Juss. ex Bercht. & J. Presl

family: Violaceae Batsch

genus:Viola L.

Viola is a genus of flowering plants in the violet family Violaceae. It is the largest genus in the family, containing between 525 and 600 species. Most species are found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, however some are also found in widely divergent areas such as Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes.

Some Viola species are perennial plants, some are annual plants, and a few are small shrubs. A large number of species, varieties and cultivars are grown in gardens for their ornamental flowers. In horticulture the term "pansy" is normally used for those multi-coloured, large-flowered cultivars which are raised annually or biennially from seed and used extensively in bedding. The terms "viola" and "violet" are normally reserved for small-flowered annuals or perennials, including the species.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_(plant)

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Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) at Mill Hill Local Nature Reserve, South Downs National Park, near Shoreham by Sea West Sussex England

Yay! My first Bee Fly of the year! there were loads of them about at Fingringhoe Wick, but this was the only one that obliged by keeping still long enough for a shot!

 

The Large Bee Fly (Bombylius major) is a large furry fly which mimics the behaviour of a bee to ward off predators, but it is unable to sting or bite.

 

Although harmless to humans it is not too good for solitary bees! The large bee fly flicks its eggs into the soil burrows of solitary bees so when they hatch, the larvae can feast on the pollen and nectar they bring back for their own young!

   

Green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) at Mill Hill Local Nature Reserve, South Downs National Park, near Shoreham by Sea West Sussex England

Large Bee-fly (Bombylius major) on the South Downs, South Downs National Park, West Sussex England

Bombylius major - found this at the bottom of the garden just now...

The adult is 14 to 18 millimetres (0.55 to 0.71 in) in length, squat and very hairy, with a wingspan of around 24 mm (0.94 in). It has dark patches on the anterior half of the wings and long hairy legs that dangle while in flight. The very long proboscis is used to feed on the nectar of many species of flower, especially primroses. While its wings continue to beat its front legs grip the flower and its long rigid beak is inserted to collect the nectar. Despite its fearsome appearance, the beak is quite harmless

HFDF!

At Attenborough Nature Reserve.

A Bee mimic, it uses its probosus to feed on nector, usually Primroses

Best viewed on black.

 

The photo below shows the insect just before landing on the grass.

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