Bee flies might be mistaken for large, fuzzy mosquitoes because of the long proboscis, but it is for sipping nectar, not blood. These flies are very good at hovering, which reinforces their resemblance to bees. They forage on spring flowers, such as lilac and plum blossoms, and help control wasp and solitary bee populations by laying their eggs at the entrance of underground nests. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the larvae.
Celero will be on display and for sale at the Oliver Center for the Arts July 28 – September 8, 2017 as part of a group exhibition, “Bugs, Birds and Beasts.”
Cold assembly: antique wooden spindle, vintage jewelry and buttons, wire, fasteners, silk thread.