What is this please?
Hello bugman,
having looked through many websites without any success, you are my last hope! On 5th April whilst hanging out the washing at about 9am, I found this strange bug sitting on a peg on the washing line. There had been a frost that morning and the bug seemed very dozy! I was able to move the peg and bug so that I could photograph it (see attached). I took a couple of photos and put the peg and bug back where I found it. The bug had flown off by lunchtime that day. I live in Oxfordshire, UK and never seen anything like this before around here – can you help? Many thanks,

Hi Gary,
This is a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae. It looks very similar to the North American species in the genus Bombylius. Bee Flies are true flies with two, not four wings, and they feed on nectar and pollen.

Cool! This is Bombylius major, the Greater Bee Fly. This is the largest bee fly in England and the most commonly seen. The species occurs through Eurasia, and through the USA and most of Canada, and, according to what I read on BugGuide, it is the only species in these areas that has that crisp black and clear wing pattern. There’s lots of info and pictures of this critter on-line, including a very good entry on BugGuide. For some UK examples see: http://www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk/beefly.htm and http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/insects/bombyliidae.htm

3 Responses to Bee Fly from the U.K.

  1. Julie says:

    Never seen one in all mylife Will admit to over 50. Have seen 4 in the last week in Portsmouth

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