Subject: Bee or Fly
Location: La Marque, Texas
November 2, 2012 10:46 pm
I see these around my yard all the time. They are super fast! & Super small! They remind me of hummingbirds how they fly, and they will not allow me to get close before they zip off out of sight. Are they flies? are they bees?
Signature: Thanks in advance, Texas Finest
Dear Texas Finest,
This is actually a fly. Flies are distinctive among insects as they have a single pair of wings while other flying insects have two pairs. Your fly is in the family Bombyliidae and the members are commonly called Bee Flies because they resemble bees. Your confusion is understandable.