W Is For Wings.


I think this may be a Melecta albifrons, but I’m not sure. I am sure it has wings and decided to use them with excellent timing! :) Bees flying away when I’m taking a photo is not unusual, but staying both in frame and in focus is less frequent.

Stunning shot, click for full size!

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  1. Nightjar says

    Thank you! I was so happy, I’m pretty sure this is the sharpest photo I ever got of a flying bee.

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    This is gorgeous.

    It is also interesting to see a gray bee. This is some kind of a cuckoo-bee, right?

  3. Nightjar says

    Thank you, Ice Swimmer! Yes, if my identification is correct this is a cuckoo bee, a parasite of the hairy-footed flower bee.

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