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New Bee

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:18 pm    Post subject: Hoverfly Reply with quote

I have today been watching my bait hives and have noticed a hoverfly ( or a fly that can hover ) above the hive and in close proximity to the hives. Having watched for a number of hours I observed the fly darting after other insects which got to close. I am wondering if this is predation (it was not a dragonfly ) and is it attracted to the hive, though did not seen to take any direct interest in the hive or purely coincidental.
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Guard Bee

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Location: Chichester, UK

PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. I also noticed a hoverfly or two lingering at an empty hive which I have set up for baiting. No bees unfortunately Crying or Very sad

I think I also saw a couple of the Large Bee-fly (Bombylius Major) lingering in the sun at my front door during the week but I may have been mistaken... Made me stop and smile whatever they were Smile
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