This little guy looked like just another bee who would be here and gone in a flash, but he explored the daisy, mostly with his back to me. And then he slowly turned, and I could see one incredible green eye and then both as he seemed to be staring down my lens. Photographers live for moments like this! (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec., ISO 100, early afternoon filtered sun, handheld)
NOTE: After much research (because I was told by an RB group host that this is not a bee but a bee mimic or fly), I believe I’ve narrowed the identification down to a particular member of the Tribe Eucerini (long-horned bees): Svastra obliqua or Svastra obliqua expurgata.
Top 10 in “Little creatures and flowers” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (August 2016)
Top 10 in “Bugs/Animals on White Flowers” challenge in Bugs and Animals on Flowers/Foliage in Macro group (December 2013)