Bombylius Major

Ja, nå lurer dere sikker fælt?!  Men – vi skal altså igjen besøke min macro-verden, for her foregår det mye rart som folk flest aldri oppdager eller vet noe som helst om.
Bombylius Major? Hva er nå det? Har det dukket opp en ny militær grad? Eller en finurlig beskrivelse av en ‘motbydelig major’? Nah!  Vi har faktisk en blomsterelsker med vinger og en uendelig lang sugesnabel og dertil ekstremt lange bein! En flue!  Men – ikke en hvilken som helst flue, men en flue som forsøker å fremstå som en humle eller bie – noe som kan forsvare seg! Men den har altså bare 2 vinger, mens humlene jo faktisk har 4! Og – på engelsk kalles den ‘beefly’. Her i Norge har man bare funnet 12 arter, men globalt skal det finnes ca 4000 forskjellige arter !

Now you might really be wondering what I’m about to show you!? 🙂 But – again we are about to enter my ‘macro world’, where there are a lot going on the people know nothing about or – tend to overlook! Bombylius Major? What on Earth would that be? A new miltary rank, may be? Or a creative name on a impossible major somewhere? Nah! We have in our garden a lover of flowers, a fly pretending to be a bee or perhaps a bumblebee, something that has the capacity to defend itself?! But – there are only 2 wings to be found, and this little fellah is a fly! The English name accordingly is a ‘beefly’! Here in Norway we have so far found 12 species of this fly, however, globally one expects iot to be approximately 4000!
Men – har den da ingen vinger? Joda, men til tross for at dette bildet er tatt med en lukker på 1/400 sec. så er det ikke mye å se. Men på det neste bildet har jeg latt den sette seg på en stein og bruker for sikkerhets skyld 1/1000 sec. og da ser man tydelig at den kun har 2 vinger! Man kan på det siste bildet også få et inntrykk av den uvanlig lange sugesnabelen!
Mye lenger enn selve fluen!

But – doesn’t it have wings? Yes, of course, but even shooting with a shutter at 1/400 sec yoy don’t see much of them. However, in my nex picture I waited for it to land on a stone and tried again at 1/1000 sec, so yes – it has definitely 2 wings. And an enormous suction cable way longer than the fly itself!
Compliments of SRB)
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19 Responses to Bombylius Major

  1. Missy's Crafty Mess says:

    He looks like a caterpillar with wings

  2. Amazing capture of this little fly… wonderful images Svein.. so clear..

  3. Amazing macro, so lucky, great capture! 🙂

  4. Dina says:

    Wonderful macros of this lovely characters. I’m not so good at macros so I have signed up for a workshop tomorrow. Very much looking forward to it.:-)

    • Seenorway says:

      It’s not particularlyy difficult, Dina, but you need to select a macro lense that fits in with your way of working. The distances will vary depending on whether you’ll be shooting ‘dead items’ or butterflies and insects all very much alive . . .

  5. -Eugenia says:

    Great closeup shot. It’s amazing they can fly!

    • Seenorway says:

      Scientists recon they cannot :-), but then scientists don’t understand everything either! 🙂

      • -Eugenia says:

        No, they don’t! Years later, we find out their conclusions were incorrect.

        • Seenorway says:

          The problem being: That anyone may call themselves a ‘scientist’
          The only requirement seems to be to find someone willing to pay for your studies, i.e.
          share your interest about the them you want to study! And once you have that in place, you may call yourself a scientist. Then the door is open to apply for funding from various organisations, businesses or even governments.


  6. Seenorway says:

    Well, scientists have always claimed that bublebees, their size, weight and wingspan taken into consideration, cannot possibly fly, however they do! 🙂 So it makes you wonder: WHAT is a scientist?!

  7. Jason Frels says:

    It’s amazing that such an awkward looking thing can fly.

  8. Seenorway says:

    Evolution has some strange solutions at times, yes!

  9. puzzleblume says:

    The insect with the most funny look I know.

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