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Erythronium montanum (White Avalanche-lily), Bembix americanus (Sand Wasp)

Western Sand Wasp

This is not only misidentified as a sand wasp, it is not even a wasp, or even a member of the Order Hymenoptera. It is a flower fly (Order Diptera). By recent estimates, the last common ancestor of flower flies and sand wasps lived about 350 million years ago.
Kevin O'Neill
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 at 19:31:02


Camera: Nikon D2x
Date: Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 at 4:33 PM
Exposure: 1/320 sec at f5.0
ISO: 100 asa
Lens: 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor at 105mm
(equivalent field of view of a 157.5mm lens on a 35mm camera)
Photographer: John Harvey
Region: North America, United States
Scientific Name: species related to Erythronium montanum (White Avalanche-lily)
species related to Bembix americanus (Sand Wasp)
Tag: macro, flower, insect
Larger image: 1999 x 1328
Raw image: 4288 x 2848

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Seattle Rainier > Western Sand Wasp

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