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May 19, 2012 8:20 AM

Yellow feet?

I caught this hover fly on my camera yesterday (central Spain) and when I looked at it on my PC I saw what looked like yellow feet on the legs that are tucked up under its body. My insect guide does not show any hover flies with yellow feet, so would this be due to pollen?

 

Alan

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    Feb 2, 2013 9:59 PM (in response to awillkey)
    Re: Yellow feet?

    Hello,

    It looks to me more like a bee-fly than a hoverfly.

    Yours,

    Florin

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      Re: Yellow feet?

      I agree - bee-fly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombyliidae).

       

      That fat furry body and what could be a long stright pointy bit at the front make it fairly distinctive.

       

      They usually manage to keep their feet fairly pollen-free, but I'm sure they do pick-up pollen on them from time to time (they feed on flowers). I suspect, however, that what appear to be pale-coloured feet might be a trick of the light - some feet catching the sun/flash-light, the rest being in shadow.

       

      I have watched them busying themselves with violet flowers in beech woods on the North Downs on crisp spring days. I have thought their furry coat must help keep them warm - enabling them to get out and about in the dappled sunshine despite the cool air.

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