August 26, 2010 – Bee or Wasp? No! A fly!

Fly, Genus Spilomyia

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Anybody know if this is a bee or wasp? I think the answer would lie in what the stinger looked like, or if there even was one. Unfortunately, you can’t see it. Sigh.

UPDATE: A reader named Joan Knapp (see her blog here) pointed out that this is actually a fly, “Genus Spilomyia”. So there you go!

What do you mean that flower looks familiar? Umm, right. This may or may not have been taken at about the same time as yesterday’s picture. Actually, all three pictures I’ve posted this week came from last weekend. I think that’s actually the first time I’ve ever done that. Normally I try to spread things out so as to not saturate the blog with one subject. Plus, then I can post two pictures that are really similar but yet a little bit different months apart, and nobody says anything. Oh, wait, nobody says anything anyway. Right.

Notice how the eyeball patterns are different? Weird. Have I mentioned lately that you guys should all sign up for Flattr?

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens, cheap macro ring flash. 1/160s, f/18.0, ISO 100.

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    joan knapp August 26, 2010

    Judging by the eyes, this is a fly. It’s a hover fly that imitates a bee or wasp. This looks like a member of the genus Spilomyia. Check out at
    Good luck!

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      Dave August 26, 2010

      Yes!!! That’s it!! Thanks for the tip! I’ll go ahead and update the post now.

      Also, I’ll definitely bookmark that site, it will surely come in handy again.

  2. avatar
    Cape Town Wedding Photographer September 3, 2010

    Lovely detail & Colours!!!

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    shako September 8, 2010


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