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Old Jul 8, 2010, 7:50 PM   #1
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Went out to check the mail box yesterday and on the way back, noticed some critters buzzing around the blossoms in the front yard. So, I quickly went in to get the camera. I didn't take time to change lenses, so these are taken with the SP 28-80 in manual mode.
This shot isn't a particularly good shot but, just to show the typical species of bee that I'm use to seeing around here.



Then I saw this guy. Its the first time I'm aware of that I've seen one.
sorry for the OOF shots but, he wouldn't stay still long enough for me to focus.



I'm only posting this one because its one of the few I've ever managed to capture without blowing the highlights.


This one disappointed too, because it could have been such a great shot if only it was in focus.
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Old Jul 8, 2010, 11:16 PM   #2
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#1 looks like a bee but the others I think are a hoverfly. I may be wrong though - not really conversant with American fauna.
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Can't help you on this one - I don't know what it is, but I know what it isn't, and that is a fly, because it's antennae are too long (flies have little stubby ones). There are lots of bee mimics out there, and this one may be a sand wasp or a digger bee, but I can't be sure which, if either. You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out - and this one is a washout!
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nr1 ain't bad in my book, it's rather good.

don't stop - they'll get better in focus - real soon

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Old Jul 9, 2010, 11:36 AM   #5
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Hmmm... guess I'll have to go back and see if I can get some better photos of this guy.
Maybe then we can ID it. It does look a lot like the sand wasp we had when I was a boy living in southern Cal.
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