1. Ice Swimmer says

    The “buzzers” behind the front wings should have made it clear to me that it’s no butterfly, but that was the closest guess I was able to make.

    I think the mouse photo turned out more fun with the wrong lens, a clear focus on the mouse would have made discovering the critter less of a surprise.

  2. says

    Caine, your clearwing moth is limited to North America, but we have something similar,

    the hummingbird hawk moth

    , but they are a lot bigger. The bee flies are about the size of a bee while the hummingbird hawk moth is the size of a big bumblebee.
    And yes, I’ve been lucky in the animal photography department lately.

  3. rq says

    The “buzzers” behind the front wings

    They’re called halteres and they’re the main identifying feature for dipterans (“two wings”), because insects are defined as those arthropods that have two pairs of wings (among other things, of course), and the halteres are the second, evolved, set of fly wings -- apparently useful for maneuvering while in flight.

    Great shots, Giliell! I like the last strawberry best. (No strawberries here yet.)

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