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OC Bee Fly Archives - Geminaria canalis - male

OC Bee Fly Archives - Geminaria canalis - Male
Riley Wilderness Park, Coto de Caza, Orange County, California, USA
May 16, 2009
Two years, almost to the day, I find the male of the species, very close to the place I found the female in 2007. As with some other bee flies, eyes touch at the top on the male, plus abdomen is much more tapered and curving upwards.

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I'm jealous!
This is one seriously cool bee fly that both you and Harmut have done such a good job of documenting. I will keep my fingers crossed that one happens my way, although from the photos it appears that they favor beautiful flowers and it is pretty dry and brown around my place right now.

 
When you find one, it'll likely be easy to shoot.
Unlike those touch-and-go bees, this fly does a thorough job on each flower. It looks like a large Geron when you first see it. Apparently, May is the month.

Nice series
Hope I get to see and photo one of the bee flies, never seen one
that I can recall.

 
Thanks. This is a pretty fly.
I don't think there are many around and am not sure of the range. All posted so far are from southern California and shot in the same month.

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