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Bees get a lot of credit as pollinators,but flies can also carry pollen from flower to flower.

Take this peacock fly (Tephritidae).Although it gets its common name from its colorful wings,its eyes are also reflect rainbow hues.

The hairs on the thorax trap pollen while the fly feeds on nectar.

Can you see the droplet of nectar it is holding?It looks like it is blowing a bubble.

The nectar fuels its flight to another flower where it might drop some of the pollen it has picked up.

Have you ever seen a peacock fly?

Ever wondered what goes into preparing insect photographs for Bug of the Week?

Let's see.

First you need to find an insect,like this bug on a hollyhock leaf.See it?

Let's get closer.Do you see it now?

To give you scale,the leaf is about 3 1/2 inches across.

Here's my first glimpse in macro view through the camera lens.

Because the insect is sitting at a weird angle,I have to maneuver to get a fuller shot before it scoots away.

Now I can see what it is more clearly.This is how the raw photograph looked before cropping.

Finally,I cropped it to give you a bug's eye view.

Isn't it amazing what the camera lens reveals?

The wildflowers are in full bloom here and begging to be photographed.

Many are bold and brilliant.

Others,like thisPhaseolusvine climbing on a saguaro,are more subtle.

These plants are related to tepary beans and string beans.

The flowers have an interesting structure and it made me curious about what pollinates them.

Looking it up,it turns out that beans,etc.are self-pollinating.

Does this flower fly know that?

Or maybe it just wants to be pretty on pink.