Dark-edged Bee-fly


Bombylius major – A large fast-hovering fly which looks like a bee. It has a very long needle-like proboscis which it uses to feed from flowers. Double-click on image to enlarge.


Dark-edged Bee-fly Bombylius major

© Peter Hillman ♦ 24th April 2020 ♦ Local woodland margin, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


20 thoughts on “Dark-edged Bee-fly

  1. My first thoughts echo Ellen’s. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such proportionately long legs on a bee or a bee-like fly. But I suppose they help it to get far enough away from the nectar to get full use out of that long proboscis!

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      • I just went over my photos from late March and worked on a photo of what I think might be the same species that I will probably post soon. Most of my references call it a Greater Bee Fly but show the Latin name as Bombylius Major. I think they may just be alternate common names, which seems to happen a lot with insects.

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      • It used to be called just the Bee Fly here, and then I noticed it had been changed. That’s one good thing about the scientific name they are generally stable globally, but even they can change! I will look forward to seeing your post.

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