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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2014 at 21:45
deleted as I stand corrected by better knowledge

Edited by happyjack - 20 April 2014 at 22:13
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2014 at 22:12
Ok I stand corrected - I must admit a fly was my first thought when I first saw it then I thought, no it's a bee as it's sucking nectar, googling it brought up the metallic green bee. just goes to show - don't trust the internet - or your own research
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2014 at 22:40
Hej Happyjack. Those things are really very pretty and spend a great deal of their time pollinating just like bees. I was lucky this morning to see this guy that confuses me as another fly that looks like a bee (a beefly) with its has a nasty habit of paracitizing real bees in its larval stages.



The flash wasn't quite fast enough to freeze it so some blur here and there, but i was pleased anyway.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2014 at 23:33
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2014 at 00:10
Re: Bees and Flies
There are a handful of key differences to differentiate between them excepting some mimics. Bees (and wasps) have a trio of small domes on their head called Ocelli, which enable them to orientate themselves to the sky. Bees have longer, usually widely spaced, antennae while flies have a pair of crooked stunted things just between their eyes. When at rest, bees' wings are folded down over their abdomen, while flies' wings more typically jut out at an angle. Furthermore, flies have a single pair, while bees have two pair of wings. Bees' eyes are usually taller and farther back, while flies' are more round and closer to the front. And of course, bees actually become cloaked in pollen while flies just get a very light scattering.
 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2014 at 03:40
Another bee-looking fly,eristalis tenax...say Hi!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 April 2014 at 18:34
Jumping Spider


Jumping Spider by Matt H. Imaging, on Flickr

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 April 2014 at 07:06
@Matt: This is Marpissa muscosa, in case you want to know...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 April 2014 at 21:28
Originally posted by mhohner mhohner wrote:

@Matt: This is Marpissa muscosa, in case you want to know...
Thanks for this info!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 April 2014 at 09:47
Here is another shot from the same spider:


Jumping Spider by Matt H. Imaging, on Flickr

Then I caught this one and put it in front of the camera:


Crabspider by Matt H. Imaging, on Flickr

I think this is a crab spider, so some id on this one will be much appreciated! It behaved quite different from the jumping spider. The jumper looked at the camera and even raised its head to look straight into the lens. The crab felt threatened and raised its front legs. On the picture you can see a silk thread from the back toward the front legs.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 April 2014 at 13:05


#crop

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 April 2014 at 15:51
@Matt: This is a crab spider of the genus Xysticus. They all look very similar, and from this angle it's impossible to say which species it is.
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