The Bumblebee Fly

Dere tror kanskje jeg har fått en skrue løs på mine gamle dager, men det finnes faktisk en skapning som kvalifiserer til navnet ‘humleflue’!  Så hva er det? En humle eller en flue?
Det er faktisk en flue som har fått det for seg at tilværelsen blir mindre farefull dersom omgivelsene tror den er en humle! (Bombylius major)

You may think I’ve gone batty in my old days, but there is actually a creature qualifying to the name ‘Bumblebee fly’ So what is it? A bumblebee or a fly?  Actually it’s a fly that has got the notion that his existence would be less dangerous if everybody believed him to be a bumblebee! It carries the impressive latin handle ‘Bombylius major’

Kopi av Picture 1614Og en liten raring er han virkelig!  Han kan stå stille i luften over blomstene – omtrent som en kolibri og balanserer på ben som er 3 ganger så lange som normalt. Snabelen må jo da være tilsvarende lang?

And a funny creature he really is! He may remain poised in the air directly over a flower, or he’s balancing on legs three times longer than usual. Then his trunk must also be a lot longer than usual!
Picture 1612Og han er fullstendig ‘pelskledd’, akkurat som en humle. ‘Rufsete’ er vel en god beskrivelse?
And he’s fury all over the body, just like a bumblebee! I think ‘scruffy’ may be a good description?

Kopi av Picture 1616Men han er ganske harmløs og en artig liten fyr å fotografere!
But he’s quite harmless and a funny little carachter to photograph!
(Compliments of SRB)


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11 Responses to The Bumblebee Fly

  1. Too many times we don’t have the opportunity or take the time to stop to see nature up close in all her beauty. Your photos have reminded me to better appreciate the incredible designs of nature.

    • Seenorway says:

      Thank you, Gerard, and what you say is so true! Why don’t we? Just to settle down beside some flowers and take the time to become a part of nature ourselves?
      In 10-15 minutes things suddenly starts to happen. The butterflies return. You represent no danger . . . And of course, you need to have your camera handy ? 🙂

  2. sued51 says:

    great macro shots! You can see quite well that he truly is: scruffy!

  3. joshi daniel says:

    so close and the details are so good 🙂

    • Seenorway says:

      That’s what fun with macro, Joshi, but don’t think it hasn’t got its problems. 🙂
      Depth is measured in milimetres! And you never seem to get enough 🙂

  4. einfachtilda says:

    So schöne Makros ♥

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