Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Taking a dip in my coffee

I was sitting on the deck, enjoying my coffee, when a tiny fly-like creature landed in my cup. I fished it out, transferred it to a leaf and photographed it.

My friends on Flickr eventually identified it for me. It's a native bee, one of the Masked Bees named because they have yellow or white 'bandit' markings on the face. Its scientific name is Hylaeus euxanthus.

By the time I got back to my coffee it was cold, but the pleasure I have had in the photographing and identifying this little creature has been worth the sacrifice.

Happy Christmas everyone. I'll be away for a couple of weeks. See you all in the New Year, and I look forward to more shared blog adventures in 2009.


Duncan said...

Native bees are all the go eh Boobook! All the best and look forward to next years postings.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Boobook.
Great work to have saved the Native Bee from drowning. The least it could do is "pose" for you, after that.
Enjoy your Christmas break.