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Sipping a Bowl of Nectar by Wolf Read

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A bee fly (Family Bombyliidae) sips from a pink blossom on a cool, cloudy early spring day.

Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
Canon EF 1.4x II Extender
420mm, 1/125, f / 8, -0.3 EV, ISO 100

UBC Botanical Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
26 Mar 2011

Featured in Canon DSLR on 29 Jun 2013.

I am a natural historian and published author, illustrator and photographer. I also take photography commissions and have had a wonderful time with a recent project for the University of British Columbia Farm. Many thanks for visiting my little space here on RedBubble, and thank you also for your purchases—they are very much appreciated.

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  • Kane Slater
    Kane Slaterover 1 year ago

    Nice shot, but these ones that look like Honeybees are probably Drone Flies in the family Syrphidae.
    Bee Flies are usually more exotic looking, with long legs and proboscis.

    Drone Fly

  • Hi Kane. Thanks for the identification information. I think you are likely correct about the insect being a drone fly. The crouched leg stance does not quite look like a bee fly.

    – Wolf Read

  • BigD
    BigDover 1 year ago

  • Thank you much, BigD, for the feature. It is appreciated!

    – Wolf Read

  • AnkitaPopli
    AnkitaPopliover 1 year ago


  • Thank you, Ankita.

    – Wolf Read

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