Subject: Bee? Fly? Wasp? Insect?
Location: Adairsville, Georgia, USA
May 30, 2016 4:43 am
These things with a pointy mouth like to float in my swimming pool for several minutes then fly off. I can approach them and touch them. Other than flapping their wings a little bit, they keep on floating. What are they? Can they bite or sting me? We’ve had this pool since 2009 and last year was the first time these showed up. There were only a couple last year at a time. This year there’s maybe a dozen in the pool at one time.
This is a harmless Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, a group of pollinating insects. They do not bite nor sting. We are curious what is attracting them to your pool. This behavior does not seem normal, and we are guessing they are accidentally flying into the pool after visiting blossoms nearby. We do not believe they are purposely taking a dip. Because we will be out of the office for a spell in June, we are postdating your submission to go live to our site during our absence.
I’m very glad to hear this! Our pool is an above ground pool in Adairsville, GA. We were out there again yesterday and about 1:00 PM, they started stopping by again. They float in the water for several minutes then fly away. If we touch them, they flap their wings a little but go back to floating. I cupped my hand under a couple of them and let the water roll off gently leaving the Bee Fly on my hand. They would then fly off quickly. Our pool has chlorine in it. They were still there when we got out of the pool about 4:00 PM. They come and go throughout the day. If you figure out why they are coming to the pool, I’d love to know. Sounds like it could be interesting!