Friday Haiku: Bee-lieve It!

Flying buzzer dude
Zooming here..there..everywhere
Fave singer is Sting

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“My friend posted this on Facebook and it just really is the most ridiculously adorable bug. It’s like if a pussy-willow could fly!” -Hillary K.

Comments

  1. Let me guess. Those are Japaneses cute-gineered bees…

  2. Maria Baskett says:

    OMG what the heck are those little poofy things? *dies*

  3. These are Bee Flies, in the genus Bombylius. They are SUPER cute.

  4. So soft and delicately sweetly enjoying the flowers.

  5. 6rabbits says:

    Totally redonk! Want in MY yard! :-)

  6. Get out. That sounds like a totally made up name…

    says wikipedia: The Large Bee-fly, Bombylius major, is a bee mimic. The eggs are flicked by the adult female toward the entrance of the underground nests of solitary bees and wasps. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the grubs. Bombylius major can be found in April to June throughout temperate Europe and North America and some parts of Asia.

    The more you know!

  7. holy flying fuzzballs, batman!

  8. DillPig says:

    Totally adorbs! But sadly, it sounds like they are a threat to the bebeh grubs of bumble bees, which we need even more now that colony collapse disorder is threatening the survival of honey bees. Hate to be a downer, but hey, we need the bees!!

  9. these are flies, not bees…
    but nevertheless very cute :)

  10. Un-BEE-lievable!!!!

  11. I’m so grateful that someone finally answered my question about this creature (which is freaking adorable!). A couple of years ago I saw one out one day, a bit larger though, flying around some roses. I had never seen one before and was squealing with excitement because it was the cutest darn thing. I started to think I was seeing things or it was an anomaly. Now I know.

  12. Lookit the teeny needle noses!

  13. Where in the world are these guys located? Do we get ‘em in the southern US?

  14. Not necessarily logical to favor bumblebees over bee flies. Bee flies buzz around in the same niche as bumblebees and are also pollinators. http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/pollinator-of-the-month/bee_flies.shtml

  15. Do bee do bee do
    Shoo-fly pie, apple pan dowdy
    Grub a dub dub

  16. well, if one bee fly eats multiple bumble bees, then it is logical to favor the one that leaves the most pollinators. Math.

  17. Mamabear says:

    Bees is cool!

  18. Martha in Washington says:

    It’s so lovely to see people getting excited about insects! High fives all around on this one!!!

  19. Valerie B says:

    How about we all just agree that they’re cute and stop trying to one up each other with our opinions? :)

  20. They look like those baby chenille chicks, but with wings. :D

  21. ashagato says:

    a bee or not a bee?
    that is the question…

    it flies like a bee
    but stings like a butterfly
    must be a bee-fly

  22. What a great word, lol!

  23. doomchild says:

    Can’t, this is teh internets. We’re all right about everything!
    Especially about the fact that these flying fuzzballs are insanely cute, and I thinks even their buzzing sounds more like fuzzing!

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