photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Emily Neel | all galleries >> Galleries >> Critters > Bee
previous | next
JUL-2003 Emily


North Carolina

other sizes: small medium large original auto
comment | share
Guest 31-Dec-2008 19:46
Great photo of a REALLY TINY insect! This, however, is a fly, not a bee. It has bee-like markings as a defense mechanism: most birds, toads, etc. know NOT to attempt to eat a bee! This is called a Hover Fly, for the unique way they can hover in one spot. You can tell flies from bees this way: flies have VERY tiny antennae and HUGE eyes placed close together. I've learned that the majority of fly species are actually beneficial, as they focus on pollinating MANY flowers, just like this Hover fly is.
marvin 02-Mar-2006 11:33
this picture looks beeutiful