Common Drone Fly - Eristalis tenax

I thought this was a bee but had certainly never seen one like it before so I had to resort to trusty Google:
"This stocky hoverfly is the commonest 'drone' fly, so called because they mimic bee drones (male hive bees). The orange marks on the abdomen are variable so are not a reliable identification feature, though most specimens have a single pair near to the thorax. It also has a very noticeable dark face stripe and curved rear tibia." - you really needed to know that, especially the curved tibia!
well it is all an education. So thank you. And it is a very clear photo - except that now I want to take a closer look at that rear tibia.
posted August 13th, 2018  
THis is an exceptionally clear photo Judith! Amazing detail and vibrant color
posted August 13th, 2018  
Fantastic picture.
posted August 13th, 2018  
Such great detail Judy
posted August 13th, 2018  
A wonderful capture and fabulous detail, fav!
posted August 13th, 2018  
Grand Information Judith, and a wonderful shop...Fav
posted August 13th, 2018  
This is so pretty. Very summery....I think summer has finished!
posted August 13th, 2018  
A wonderfully clear shot.
posted August 13th, 2018  
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Gorgeous close up.
posted August 13th, 2018  
A fabulous close up
posted August 13th, 2018  
Great close capture :)
posted August 13th, 2018  
You do wonder what a fly wants from a flower! I would be nervous about a sting with this sort of body! Excellent macro!
posted August 13th, 2018  
Super details
posted August 13th, 2018  
Lovely capture. Wonderful details on the bee.
posted August 14th, 2018  
Great macro.
posted August 14th, 2018  
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