Subject: Is this a fly?
Location: Western Washington state
July 8, 2013 4:13 pm
If so, I can’t seem to find it under North American flies. It certainly wasn’t skiddish like regular flies, as I held the phone not more than a foot from it. Nor did my movement scare it.
Thanks in advance.
This is a true Fly, and it reminds us of a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, but we are unable to find a matching image on BugGuide. We are seeking assistance from Eric Eaton on this ID.
Eric Eaton Concurs
It is indeed a bee fly, probably a species of Villa, though I’m not a certified expert on that family.
Without finding a common name for it, I did find out via google that it
is indigenous to the PNW, though very difficult to find on the net with
maybe two photos. Though I’m not into entomology, I feel very fortunate
to have seen and photograph this elusive creature. Thanks for your help.