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
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.