Subject: What is this please?!
Location: Bedfordshire, England
April 8, 2013 7:16 am
I’ve seen this insect for 2 days so decided to get some pictures! I have never seen anything like it and can’t indentify it from the internet.
It appears to have a ’sting’ or solid long thing coming from it’s head.
It has been seen 7th April and 8th April 2013 in Bedfordshire, England. Both times it was around 2pm
Please can you help?
Signature: Mrs B, England
Dear Mrs B,
Your insect is a Greater Bee Fly, Bombylius major, and it is found “throughout most of NA (Canada and the US to Baja) and Eurasia” according to BugGuide. The Greater Bee Fly is a harmless pollinating insect that uses its long proboscis to take nectar from flowers. You may also read about them on UK Safari.