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Falstaff



Joined: 27 May 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 15 11:23 pm    Post subject: Wossis ?  Reply with quote    

3/4 inch long

1/2 inch fat at the base. Totally triangular but with rounded bum . Blackish colour.

1/2 inch "proboscis - but not curved - simple straight "Lance"

Appeared to have two wings - set at 90 degrees and black leading edges. the rest could not be seen.

Hovering and landing on my sawdust pile. The wings and proboscis did NOT retract when it was landed !

WTF is it ?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sounds like a beastie

should be here

their id keys are quite good

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bee fly, Bombyliidae.

Rowanlady



Joined: 21 Apr 2006
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Location: NE Hampshire
PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Great to find this information - saw one in the garden on Tuesday - feeding off a primrose

The proboscis was very clear and the wings were just narrow blurred dark shimmers

Thank you - glad to know what it was; we have lots of bees - honey, miner, various bumbles - and the primroses are on the edge of my 'wild' area

Falstaff



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tavascarow wrote:
Bee fly, Bombyliidae.


That is it - absolutely !

Man of some knowledge there T

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Falstaff wrote:
Tavascarow wrote:
Bee fly, Bombyliidae.


That is it - absolutely !

Man of some knowledge there T
Man who's spent his life watching nature when he should have been working.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 15 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I love beeflies We see quite a few here.

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