Narcissus Bulb Fly from Alaska

Subject: Bee fly of some sort?
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
July 21, 2017 8:12 pm
Found this guy on my deck in Anchorage, Alaska. He didn’t seem to be doing so well.
He doesn’t look like any sort of fly or bee I’ve seen around here.
Signature: Friend of Bees

Narcissus Bulb Fly

Dear Friend of Bees,
We verified the identity of your Narcissus Bulb Fly with this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “native to Europe, adventive and now widespread in North America (wherever daffodils (Narcissus spp. are grown), Japan, and Australasia” and “Larvae live in and feed upon plant bulbs; adults nectar widely.”

Narcissus Bulb Fly

Thank you very much. I don’t have narcissus bulbs, but my neighbors do. I’ll make sure she checks her bulbs this fall.

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