Friday, July 3, 2009

Camera Critter #65

When I go out on a photo safari, I am always looking for something strange and unusual to photograph.

Ten days ago, I was out in one of my favorite areas, east of the airport in town, in the bad lands. I was checking on critters flying around and kept seeing a small bright, almost reflective object going from plant to plant. Every time I turned to the object, it was gone again.

Finally, it landed a yellow flower near me (not sure of the flower type) and I got a good look at it and several photos.

It was a Bee Fly, of the Lepidanthrax family.

Only about a quarter of inch long, this little guy looked like he was wrapped in tin foil.

Misty Dawn's Camera Critter Meme is a great way to see critters of all types. Go to the Meme homepage here and check out more entries. Then join the fun and let the world see your critters!


Snap said...

You find the most interesting flying critters! Thanks!

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice shot!

I played too :)

Joy said...

Great shot!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

Joining camera critters this week.

You're right, this little bee looks like he is wrapped in tin foil.

One of your earlier posts spoke about the cicadas you found in the trees. We have them here too in Japan. They are one more lovely point about summer.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great photo and a good capture. I also managed to get photos of a bee fly, a different variety. Come over and take a look, it is a post or two below my Camera Critter post.

Have a wonderful day,

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful picture!Happy camera critters
Luna(from Brazil)

Brooke said...

Great shot!

nonizamboni said...

Perfect combo of the beauty and utility of a bee and the umm, I don't know what, of the 'fly'--thanks for sharing a great photo too.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Nice yellow flower!

Misty Dawn said...

Hmmm - maybe it's the new style. I'll have to make myself a tinfoil skirt, I guess ;-)