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Old Mar 4, 2011, 1:52 PM   #1
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Bee on crocus, with tick on bee hitching a ride. Taken with FZ38.
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Gorgeous shot Diane! Really nice.

But this is actually not a bee, it's a drone fly. I shot the same one thinking it was a bee also, turned out to be something else! They pollinate so are beneficial to us and they don't sting!
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Awesome shot Dyane the details in his wings are amazing! So intricate...
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I think that's a hairy brown fly.

Bees have eyes on the side of the head and flies more to the front. more clues - Bees have four wings, two per side, while flies only have two, one on each side. Bees will hold their wings over their back while flies hold splayed out to the sides
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Old Mar 5, 2011, 3:18 PM   #5
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Well goodness me, I had no idea that it was not a bee - cheers for that .
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Gorgeous shot Diane! Really nice.

But this is actually not a bee, it's a drone fly. I shot the same one thinking it was a bee also, turned out to be something else! They pollinate so are beneficial to us and they don't sting!
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Bee on crocus, with tick on bee hitching a ride. Taken with FZ38.

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Great picture, those ticks are really dangerous, they can transmit several potentially lethal diseases to mammals including ordinary people. Just ask me

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Hi Torgny, thanks for the compliment on the photo - yes, ticks are a right pain. My dog picks them up in summer and I have to pluck the things off him. I too have had to get a couple off me as well !!!
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Dyane - Nice Fly - Hope George is on Frontline.
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oh yes, he certainly is, and with summer coming up I think I will be too
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Nice shot Dyane and I've never seen one carrying a passenger before. I think it's one of the hoverfly family, def not a bee.
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