Subject: Please help me identify this bug
Location: Southampton, UK
April 20, 2017 2:53 am
Love your site, great idea! I am hoping you can identify a bug for me… This was spotted in South of UK over the Easter Weekend (16th April), it seemed to have a long proboscis!
Can you help?
The Greater Bee Fly, Bombylius major, is found in Europe as well as in North America. It is a harmless species that helps to pollinate flowers. According to Wildlife Watch: “The larvae are nest parasites of ground-nesting bees, feeding on the bee grubs.”
Wow! What amazing service, thanks Bugman! 🙂
A really interesting fly then – looks like it mimics a bee but is really a fly…