Deptford Pink Flower With a Tiny Bee

This is a wild grass flower called Deptford Pink, or Dianthus Armeria and commonly known as grass pink! It is a tiny little flower that grows among the grass in my backyard. It blooms in July, and only lasts for a few days.

The deptford pink usually takes refuge under other plants, and only opens when there is sunlight. You see, I spent quite a lot of time observing this little beauty when my mind is filled with fragment thoughts.

This flower might look like the Little Lavender Flower I saw at the cemetery, but it is not!

And yes, here is another photo of the tiny little bee again! I'm that odd, but happy with this surprise. Also, I have been told that this is not a bee, but rather a hover fly, by Squirrel Queen, and by a commenter, zBugNerd, who went in great length to explain the differences between the fly and the bee. I really appreciate the information by both!

Ok, here comes however, I'm having a hard time preferring to it as a fly, since the body is exactly of a bee! I also see a stinger on its buttock :-). In any case, this little creature is quite fascinating to see.

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betchai August 20, 2011 10:04 am  

beautiful pictures Icy, it does look like a bee, but even if it's a fly, the picture is still awesome.

Anne Lyken-Garner August 20, 2011 12:38 pm  

It does look like a bee.
I love that shot of the first flower. Amazing that weed could be so fragile and beautiful.

FjÀllripan August 20, 2011 12:55 pm  

Beautiful both flower and bee! :)

SquirrelQueen August 20, 2011 1:13 pm  

The flower is gorgeous and so is the hover fly. The main difference is that the Hover fly has one set of wings and a bee has two. Both are fascinating insects.

squirrel August 20, 2011 1:21 pm  

I just discovered these flowers this year. Aren't they nice. Cool fly.

Nikki-ann August 20, 2011 3:05 pm  

Beautiful! Great detail too :)

Zenserly August 21, 2011 3:34 am  

bee or fly it does look so gorgeous to me...which reminds me of a short story reading assigment of my son I encoded a week ago about a chicken debated over by two brothers...a rooster or a hen...the conflict was unresolved to the end of the story:-)

Self Sagacity August 21, 2011 2:49 pm  

What a pretty little flowers, with speckles on it. Sweet looking.

Laura August 21, 2011 8:33 pm  

there is a tenderness about these photos...beautiful.

Lindy August 21, 2011 9:01 pm  

I've not seen flowers like this before. It's stunning!

Very nice capture of the insect...whatever it is! =)

Debbiedoos August 21, 2011 9:41 pm  

Gorgeous up close and personal shot. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

Anonymous,  August 21, 2011 9:58 pm  

I'm amazed at how much some people (my sister included) know about bugs. They're just bugs to me. Love your pictures!


Linda August 21, 2011 10:52 pm  

Great macro work!! Have a marvelous Monday!! :)

Carletta August 21, 2011 11:13 pm  

Super capture of the fly!
I would have thought bee if you hadn't explained.
I love the pattern on those petals.
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Unknown August 22, 2011 12:27 am  

I'm visiting from Debbiedoo's. I love pictures of flowers, and that one with the "bee" is great. Nice to meet a fellow newbie.

Veronica August 22, 2011 8:51 am  

Love the delicate wings and the pictures is gorgeous!


Kalyan Panja August 22, 2011 1:41 pm  

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

Joanne Olivieri August 22, 2011 9:07 pm  

Baby bee, so cute or even a baby fly, either way great shots and I love this flower which I've not seen before. It is so pretty.

Anonymous,  August 22, 2011 10:49 pm  

Regardless if it's a bee or fly, you've captured some great details in these macros!

Tatjana Parkacheva August 24, 2011 3:23 am  

Very nice photos.
The bee is a great bonus to your second photo.


Unknown August 24, 2011 9:04 pm  

Wonderful pics of nature at its best.

RNSANE August 29, 2011 3:33 pm  

What a dainty little flower and the bee is icing on the cake, so to speak!

RNSANE August 29, 2011 3:33 pm  

What a dainty little flower and the bee is icing on the cake, so to speak!

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