A Tiny Bee Fly – Bombyliidae

I happened to be making a run to the recycling center yesterday and took the opportunity to stop by the Audubon-Pennington Nature Park in Port Charlotte FL. Since it was midday I didn’t expect to see many birds but the path along the canal had a wealth of active insect life.
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One of them was this Bee Fly who seemed so interested in the flowers that I was ignored as I followed it around. This allowed me to get really close.
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Its proboscis is completely rigid making it look more like a mosquito than a bee but, it is a pollinator for these small flowers. As usual, just click on a picture for a larger view.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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2 Responses to A Tiny Bee Fly – Bombyliidae

  1. chatou11 says:

    She is a beauty! but her long legs are ver funny…

  2. Janet Brien says:

    WOO HOO, ty for the id! I just got some pictures today and wanted to know what it is! *high five*

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