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A Bee Is a Bee Is a Bee...

One's a fly and one's a bee. Can you tell them apart? Honey bee on the left: syrphid fly on the right. They're nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Remember that line in Gertrude Stein's 1913 poem, Sacred Emily: "A rose is a rose is a rose"? Well, to paraphrase Stein: "A bee is a bee is a...

One's a fly and one's a bee. Can you tell them apart? Honey bee on the left: syrphid fly on the right. They're nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
One's a fly and one's a bee. Can you tell them apart? Honey bee on the left: syrphid fly on the right. They're nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

One's a fly and one's a bee. Can you tell them apart? Honey bee on the left: syrphid fly on the right. They're nectaring on Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not a bee. This is a bee fly, genus Villa. It's nectaring on Mexican sunflower, genus Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Not a bee. This is a bee fly, genus Villa. It's nectaring on Mexican sunflower, genus Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Not a bee. This is a bee fly, genus Villa. It's nectaring on Mexican sunflower, genus Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM

This Is Definitely a Magnet for Bees and Flower Flies

Honey bee foraging in bush germander. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The bush germander (Teucrium fruticans) is definitely a great fall-winter plant that's a magnet for bees. Just look at the bees that frequent...

Honey bee foraging in bush germander. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee foraging in bush germander. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee foraging in bush germander. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly, visiting germander. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly, visiting germander. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Syrphid fly, aka flower fly or hover fly, visiting germander. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM
Tags: bumble bee (30), germander (3), honey bees (364), Robbin Thorp (240), syrphid flies (5)

Just Hovering

Syrphid Fly

Every insect looks prettier when it lands on a tower of jewels (Echiium wildpretti).When in full bloom, the 9-to-10-foot-high plant, native to the...

Syrphid Fly
Syrphid Fly

SYRPHID FLY, aka flower fly, sips nectar from a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-Up
Close-Up

BEAUTY of a syrphid fly on a tower of jewels. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Patience in the Garden

Hovering

Patience. That's what it takes to capture images of syrphids, aka flower or hover flies. They are oh, so tiny and they move oh, so quickly. As the...

Hovering
Hovering

SYRPHID or flower fly aims for a cactus blossom. A high shutter speed slows the wing action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mouthparts
Mouthparts

MOUTHPARTS of a syrphid or flower fly, frozen in time and space. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2009 at 6:28 PM

If It Looks Like a Duck....

Flying in

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it's probably a duck. If it looks like a bee, buzzes like a bee, and visits...

Flying in
Flying in

FLYING IN--A syrphid or flower fly heads for a newly opened cactus blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Knobbed antennae
Knobbed antennae

SYRPHID FLY has a specialized bristle or arista on the end of each antenna. It looks like a knob. In comparison, the honey bee has long antennae bent at a right angle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Nectaring
Nectaring

NECTARING--A syrphid fly nectars on a cactus blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 6:00 PM
Tags: antennae (2), aristae (1), syrphid flies (5), Syrphidae (8)
 
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