I heard from Iris, a wildlife photographer, this past week. Iris informed me that this photo, which she discovered pictured in my animal totem galley representing the bee totem is not a bee.
Iris said "... the picture of the 'Bee Totem' is actually a horse-fly.... not a bee... sorry just thought I should point that out. Easy mistake to make they do look very alike."After reading what Iris said I gave a holler to my husband who is a retired life science teacher. I asked him to come and take a look at the photo on my computer screen. He immediately agreed with Iris that it is not a bee saying "the antennae are too short" for a bee. But, he wasn't so sure she was right about it being a horsefly. We both thought horseflies were black and not striped. At any rate, I have now switched out this photo in my gallery, replacing it with a picture of an actual bee. Meanwhile I'd really like to know if the insect pictured here is actually a horsefly. Probably so, because I have since learned there are more than 3,000 varieties of horseflies including a greenhead horsefly, striped horsefly, and black horsefly (Buzzle.com). Another question I have is: What would a carnivorous horsefly be doing on a flower anyway? Also, check out this freaking horsefly photo!
Thanks Iris for pointing out my mistake in identifying this insect as a bee.
~ Affirmation of the Day ~
not a bee image (c) photos.com