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Meet Bombylius

We’re coming into the season of bugs; so, you get more bug photos! This is Bombylius major or the large bee-fly. It is a bee-mimic and I found it taking nectar from the same flowers that the honeybees were visiting. This is the first time I ever noticed this little bug which looks to be part fly, part bee, and part hummingbird. Once I noticed it, I began seeing it everywhere. A friend suggested that it was a hummingbird moth and I thought so, too, at first. However, I noticed that it was missing the hummingbird moth’s “tail” and it had those big eyes and fly-like legs. I do have a picture of a hummingbird moth here and you may pick up some of the differences. Keep your eyes open for this cutie.

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