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Bombyliidae - Villa sp?? soil collecting..
nick upton
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Posted on 27-08-2011 14:36

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Can anyone help ID this bee fly? Maybe a Villa sp.?? though I can't find a good match for it.

It was flexing its abdomen in some dry soil behind a beach on Samos, a Greek Island within sight of the Turkish coast. I read that some female bee flies have soil/sand collecting chambers on their abdomens and that they coat their eggs in soil, maybe to camouflage them/make them heavier, before flicking them into the burrows of the solitary bee species they parasitise. Neat.. I guess this bee fly was collecting soil for this purpose. Another bee fly - Hemipenthes velutina I think - was doing the same thing nearby.

22.8.2011 c13mm Samos north coast, Greece.
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nick upton
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Any ID help welcomed!
Nick Upton - naturalist and photographer
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Villa sp.
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Thanks Jorge.
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