Tuesday, July 6, 2010


My rose bush was abuzz today literally. However, upon close inspection, I noticed not only the honey bees themselves, but a couple of imposters. The first bee mimic is a Hairy Scarab Beetle. This one is bit darker in color, so I did not immediately think he was a bee. Also because I've seen these before, I wasn't caught off guard this time. The second bee imposter is a Toxomerus Hover Fly. He's very tiny. The third photo is a good one for scale as I lucked out and got them both together on the same flower. Finally, I included a photograph of one of the honey bees that was also partaking of the pollen. That way you can see how each insect mimics the original version.


jillsy said...

That second shot is amazing! Great capture!

Unknown Mami said...

I'm not into bugs, but those are some AMAZING shots.

Today we went for a drive and stopped in one spot where the car was swarmed by some really odd looking flies.

VM Sehy Photography said...

Thank you both for the kind comments.

I know right now we have a lot of stone flies around. They're about 1/2" long and very slender. Maybe that's what the swarm was. They swarm our trampoline this time of year for some odd reason. I thought the darn things were termites at first. Whew!