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unusual fly/bee?
Location: Broadstone, Dorset.
March 29, 2011 1:38 pm
please could you identify the bug in the attached photos. I have never seen one like this before. It was found dying in my conservatory on 29th March 2011 at 4.30pm.
Signature: Mike Brooke

Greater Bee Fly

Hi Mike,
Your confusion is understandable.  This is a true fly known as the Greater Bee Fly,
Bombylius major, and it ranges throughout much of North America as well as Eurasia.  It is typically seen in the spring.  The wing pattern is quite distinctive.

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Location: UK

2 Responses to Greater Bee Fly from England

  1. Jean Clayton says:

    Saw this greater bee fly yesterday 16th April 2014 on patio door at about 7pm. We live in Essex. Is this a common insect or a rarity?

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