Mostly flies

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Mostly flies

Small blue one.

It looks like a bee/wasp.  I am trying to learn it's name and family history.

It does hover but not long enough for me.

The insect is a true bee.  It is a stingless honey bee from Australia.

They bob around and hover before making a quick crash landing.  They dig right down into the banksia flower to get the nectar.

The bright green metallic  color caught my attention.  The ovipositor is amazing.

It is looking for a spot to lay eggs on black bean tree seed pods.

With over 500,000 fly species that have been described and named,  every detail is important.

Wing vein patterns is one of the features that can tell the group the fly is in.

The much too common blue bottle is a dung fly.  They are one of the easiest to photograph.

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