Bee Fly from Greece: Satyramoeba hetrusca

Subject: big black fly
Location: Thessaly, Greece
August 7, 2016 9:16 am
Hello,
I photographed this fly in an olive grove near the sea.
Any idea what it is?
Signature: afilitos

Bee Fly:  Satyramoeba hetrusca
Bee Fly: Satyramoeba hetrusca

Dear afilitos,
This is one stunning fly.  We thought it resembled a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, and our suspicions proved correct when we found it identified as a Bee Fly,
Satyramoeba hetrusca, on FlickR where it states:  “A relatively uncommon summer species on Lesvos. It is one of the larger bee flies, about 15-18 mm in length.”  We verified the ID on iNaturalist, and the French language site La faune de Crete et parfois aussi d’ailleurs has some information, but it is in French, which we do not read.  We could understand enough to deduce it is active on Crete from June or July until September or October, and like many Bee Flies, it parasitizes the nests of Carpenter Bees.

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