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Bee Fly (Systropus denticulatus, Bombyliidae)

Posted by
itchydogimages (Pu'er, China) on 9 August 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

These highly coloured wasp-like flies are all leg, body and eyes. They actually mimic the behaviour and colouration of wasps as a defence against predators.
Beijing, China

SONY DSC-R1 1/640 second F/8.0 ISO 160 72 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Great looking species, well captured.

9 Aug 2012 6:32am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

il est magnifiquement coloré

9 Aug 2012 6:46am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

now that´s some cool design :)

9 Aug 2012 7:19am

João Mourão from Lisboa, Portugal

A mix of Fly, wasp and dragonfly. Amazing.

9 Aug 2012 10:47am

jay from MUMBAI, India


9 Aug 2012 1:38pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent! Superb! Wonderful macro shot of this... this... this wasp-like fly!! I didn't know a criature like this exists... Extremelly interesting!! Thanks for sharing!

9 Aug 2012 11:05pm

Mehdi Monadi from Tehran, Iran

very nice

9 Aug 2012 11:31pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic detail!

10 Aug 2012 12:05am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Lovely color, detail and focus.

10 Aug 2012 12:52am

huri from tehran, Iran

wow a spiderman bee! :)

10 Aug 2012 2:54am

This image has been featured in 3 Remix collections.

Nature by João Mourão

Macro by João Mourão

Fooled by macrology by Josep

1/640 second
ISO 160
72 mm