Bee-Fly

Here’s an unusual photo of an unusual insect – The Dark-Edged Bee-Fly (Bombylius major).  It’s a fly that looks like a bumble bee……..

beefly

There are nine UK species of Bee-Fly, and this is the most common.  It has an imposing appearance due to its long proboscis, but this is used for feeding on nectar from flowers, and the fly is harmless to humans.  Their appearance in gardens is a characteristic sign of spring.  This handsome individual was photographed on St.Ann’s Allotments by Nic Cairns.

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