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Bee - Exoprosopa

Bee - Exoprosopa
Lexington, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, USA
August 26, 2013
Size: 3/4"
Is this a bee please ?

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Bee - Exoprosopa Bee - Exoprosopa

Moved from Bee Flies.

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This is a bee fly. It's happy to have fooled you!
Perhaps someone will tell you the fly's genus for certain. I believe it's Villa, the most common. Nice specimen and nice photos, but you should crop a bit tighter. This image does a fine job of highlighting the wing veins, which is essential in identification.

Thankyou Ron ! I suspected
Thankyou Ron !

I suspected it was a Hover fly but just wanted to be sure. I havent cropped it tighter as I wanted it this size for a place I will be using it. It was easier to just not mess about. First time out with a new macro lens too.. relearning !. I did get a beautiful Halictid Bee (Agapostemon texanus female) today as welll.. not perfect focus.. but a joy to see ! Thankyou again.

My pleasure!
A bee fly - typically hairy - is often confused with a hover fly (aka syrphid) which is typically but not always smooth. Nice start with the new lens. You'll quickly get used to the macro's shallower depth of field.

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