Friday Photo: 30 November

November 30th, 2012 at 8:52 am by Chthoniid

A reminder that summer is on the way.  One of the peculiarities of NZ is that a lot of plant pollination is undertaken by native flies.  We have relatively few native bee species.

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9 Responses to “Friday Photo: 30 November”

  1. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    A rare sight around here now, since varroa wiped out the wild bees we have only bumbles to do the job and pollination is a little haphazzard.

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  2. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those – or if I have, I’d probably have assumed it was a German paper wasp.

    I saw one of the classic dull amber coloured, hairy abdomen honey bees last week – as gravedodger says it was almost an occasion, we’ve seen nothing but bumble bees in our garden so far this year.

    I hope my chooks didn’t kill it… :-(

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  3. David Farrar (1,899 comments) says:

    Great photo.

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  4. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    @gravedodger

    Curious, I’d thought I’d seen a rise in these small pollinating flies since the bees took a hit. I agree that the bumble-bees have taken up some of the slack.

    @RRM

    They are very small- much smaller than a German or paper wasp. One trick to tell them apart from actual wasps is to look at the antenna. Wasps have long, pendular antenna. Flies not only have 2 wings (not 4, sometimes you can see balancers), they also have shorter rigid antenna.

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  5. Elaycee (4,393 comments) says:

    Chthoniid:

    One trick to tell them apart from actual wasps is to look at the antenna.

    No thanks. I’ll keep my distance. They look too much like wasps to me and I have no intention of getting close up and personal in an effort to identify their genus via an antenna examination…. 8O

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  6. thedavincimode (6,803 comments) says:

    Spiderman

    I was expecting Happy Feet. :)

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  7. Scott Chris (6,155 comments) says:

    A B C, I see a bee!

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  8. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    Nice pic. The large pics are great.

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  9. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    @David Farrar

    Thanks- one of the tricks here has been in post-processing. The background has had blur increased.

    @Elyacee

    It really isn’t that dangerous :) Most wasps are harmless too- it’s just the invasive Vespid wasps that you need to be wary of.

    @thedavincemode

    I’m trying- I’ve got some little blue penguin pics but they’re more ‘record’ shots (ie. a record that I’ve seen one) rather than good enough to print or display… :)

    @Scott Chris

    Hmm, fly actually :) Most of our native flies perform very useful ecological functions.

    @Viking2

    Thanks- I thougt it looked well for a creature that’s about 5-6mm long in real life. It is a challenge getting small targets into focus.

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