Bee Fly from South Africa

Subject: Bee or not?
Location: Alexander Bay, South Africa
February 18, 2016 2:19 am
Hi there! I found this little guy buzzing around in my garden, and can’t find any photo on Google that looks like it. Would love to know what it is!
Signature: Adri

Bee Fly
Bee Fly

Dear Adri,
Though it looks and acts like a Bee, this is actually a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae and we located this image on iSpot that looks like your individual, and it is identified as being in the genus
Bombomyia.  Here is another matching image from iSpot.  Bee Flies do not sting nor do they bite.  They are beneficial pollinators.

Bee Fly
Bee Fly

2 thoughts on “Bee Fly from South Africa”

  1. Hi there we encounter a bee fly on the Constantiaberg Mountain Range on the Tokai mtnbike trails.especially just below Silvermine reserve .It has a distinctively striped Abdomen.Just a note to your above information, they do bite. and the bite bite reaction is similar to a blind fly bite

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