Subject: Bee fly
Location: Williams, AZ
July 28, 2014 12:41 pm
Could this be some type of bee fly? It was pretty large–maybe about an inch long.
Yes, this is a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, however we are not certain of the genus or species. Our best guess at this time is the Sinuous Bee Fly, Hemipenthes sinuosa, and this image on BugGuide looks very close. The pattern on the wing seems correct, but the body is lighter than the individuals pictured on BugGuide where it states: “black area of wing has irregular sinuous (wavy) border with a small rounded blob near the apex – a distinguishing feature abdomen, thorax, and head black or very dark with no banding or other obvious markings”.