Smile! The world is a beautiful place (^_^)


Anthrax anthrax, is a species of fly in the family Bombyliidae. It’s a fairly large fly, the body length is 10 mm. The body is black with four white markings at tergum 2 and 3 and two white markings at the end of the abdomen. Tergum 1 is black with tufts of white hairs at the side (visible when hovering, thus not in this picture). The wings are mostly black, only the tops are transparant, and the veins are dark brown. It kind of looks like the wings have been painted with watercolour, I think the pattern is quite nice. πŸ™‚


6 responses

  1. I don’t like flies very much Camilla but there’s no doubt that if you get beyond one’s natural inclination towards them, they can be incredible beautiful, do an incredibly important job in the grand scheme of things and we should perhaps give them a little more respect than most of us do. Fabulous picture as always. πŸ™‚

    June 23, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    • Thanks Adrian! I don’t think flies are anyone’s favourite animals, even though they do good things as well. πŸ™‚

      June 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

  2. Handsome for a fly! πŸ™‚ I like all insects including flies (as long as they aren’t in the house or around the food).

    June 23, 2016 at 8:25 PM

  3. It does have pretty wings, almost a bit like a stained glass window. πŸ™‚ Lucky you captured this, they move fast flies! They’re always a lot more hairy than I expect them to be. Wonder if they ever need a trim? πŸ˜‰

    June 27, 2016 at 12:20 AM

    • I’ve never really looked at flies or other insects until I got my first macro lens, it’s a great way of disovering things like fluffy moths etc! πŸ™‚

      June 27, 2016 at 5:30 AM

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