Brownish insect on yellow flowers - created by Zizounai


Brownish insect on yellow flowers
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  • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION
  • Camera model: NIKON D5200
  • Exposure time: 1/4000
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • ISO: 1600

I dedicate this to Still26, please can you find the names of the flowers and the insect? :-D (3 years and 222 days ago)

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still26 says:

I typed in "little yellow field flowers growing in France"....boy you sure have a lot of little yellow flowers growing !

I think this is:

Ragwort

Ragwort is a slow killer, and in many cases you won’t know your horse has eaten it until too late. It is common in pastures, growing up to 2 metres high when it flowers. It is instantly recognisable due to its bright yellow flowers. If a horse ingests it, it will gradually start to destroy the liver. A poisoned horse will lose weight despite eating normally, get extreme sunburn, go blind and eventually collapse if it isn’t caught early. The only way to protect your horse is to remove the weed completely from your field. Pull it up by the roots and burn the plant, so no pollen can spread. It is a resilient plant, and will nearly always grow back and spread to other pastures.

I know you are happy to have pretentious horse and not a live one. Am I right about the name?

Now that beast sitting there is a plain and humble bee, I didn't have to ask Uncle Google coz I know....

He's not a carpenter bee coz they are big and black but a plain old ordinary bee and I like this photo very much especially because his eyes are sharp "like a woman's tongue". The colours natural and this is an artistic upload.

author says:

Congrats! I'm so proud of my pupil

(3 years and 222 days ago)


Denlig says:

Sorry to contradict you but this "bee" is not one! I think it is rather a dipteran of the family of syrphids of the genus Eristalis tenax or Eristalis arbustorum. It's difficult to differentiate them from this angle

(3 years and 222 days ago)


author says:

Thanks Denlig for the correction, how comes you're so good with all the creepy-crawlies, is it your job, or just your passion?

(3 years and 221 days ago)


avatar still26
still26 says:

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and thank you for dedicating this image to me

still26 says:

Denlig, I thought you were joking and once again I broke out laughing. Then I checked with Uncle Google who is omniscient and now I'm really confused....you were right on. The Dipteran syrphids hover and this beast was not mind you this is a variable family. Genus Eristalsis (sounds like peristalsis) are also known as the West Palaeartctic and do resemble the humble bumble bee. See, I was almost right, but almost doesn't cut it.

(3 years and 221 days ago)


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