Bee on an Aravis flower

I'm not a flower specialist, so if anybody knows this species, feel free to tell me !
Picture taken descending from Mont Charvin (2409m).
>> General view of the mountain : Mont Charvin

Massif des Aravis - French Alps

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Andino

Andino - Sep 6, 2007 4:15 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Thank You

De rien !

FlatheadNative

FlatheadNative - Jun 2, 2008 1:39 am - Hasn't voted

Actually..

that is not even a bee. It is a fly that mimics the look of a bee for protection. It is a member of the Order Diptera. This "fly" has only two wings and true bees have 4 wings (two on each side) and are members of the Order Hymenoptera. For more information visit, http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/insects/eristalini2.htm

By the way this is an awesome photo, cheers!

Andino

Andino - Jun 10, 2008 6:54 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Actually..

Thanks for this information !!
And for your kind comment ;o)

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