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Subject: a bee or not a bee; that is the question…
Location: Northern England
April 20, 2015 9:11 am
Sorry – couldn’t resist! This little fellow was alongside a bumble bee on my muscari this morning and I managed to get two photos. I can’t remember seeing one before. Please help :)
Many thanks
Signature: regards, Heather Cahill

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Heather,
This is NOT a Bee, but rather, a Greater Bee Fly, a harmless pollinating insect.  Flies have a single pair of wings while other flying insects have two pairs of wings.

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

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Subject: Do you know what this bug is?
Location: Chester England UK
April 19, 2015 7:44 am
Found on doorstep have posted on Facebook but none of my friends recognise it.
Signature: Karen

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Karen,
This is a Greater Bee Fly, a harmless pollinating insect that is found in North America as well as Europe.

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Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: South Bend, IN
April 9, 2015 5:35 am
Dear Bugman,
I was out for a hike yesterday afternoon in South Bend, IN and I saw lots of these bugs flying around close to the ground. I would like to know what it is so I can learn more about it.
Signature: Bug Lover

Greater Bee Fly

Greater Bee Fly

Dear Bug Lover,
This is a Greater Bee Fly, a harmless pollinating insect.

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Subject: Is this a bee or a fly?
Location: San Diego, Ca
September 23, 2014 3:52 pm
This was taken just now in San Diego County at a horse ranch. I couldn’t see a stinger but it appeared to have one on its face! It was very fuzzy and quite frankly, very cute.
Signature: Suburban Adventuress

Bee Fly

Bee Fly

Dear Suburban Adventuress,
This Fly is commonly called a Bee Fly and it is in the family Bombyliidae.

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Subject: Daniel – What’s This Fly?
Location: Hawthorne, CA
August 19, 2014 6:19 pm
Hello,
I thought I’d discovered all of the flies that could possibly come to our little patch, but here’s another. Can you please help? It spent a lot of time on catnip blooms and the adjacent native geranium (I think I have it properly distinguished from geranium.) It is very shy and moves fast, but came back over and over again.
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Bee Fly

Bee Fly

Hi Anna,
We believe we have correctly identified your Bee Fly as 
Dipalta serpentina based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are parasitoids of pupae, and perhaps also larvae, of antlions (Myrmeleontidae)” and “In Calif. species is most abundant in August and September” which makes your sighting right on schedule.

Bee Fly

Bee Fly

Thanks!  We just love sighting “new to us” creatures in the back.
Anna

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Subject: Horse fly moth?
Location: Buffalo NY
August 17, 2014 11:39 am
Curious as to what this bug is.
Signature: Cheryl

Tiger Bee Fly

Tiger Bee Fly

Dear Cheryl,
This is a harmless Tiger Bee Fly.

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