Bee Fly - Bombylius major


A strange looking insect with its furry body and patterned wings. The long proboscis is used for drinking nectar and the fly is totally harmless.


Gardens and hedgerows where it basks in sunny spots.

When to see it


Life History

Its larvae eat the larvae of bees and wasps in their nests.

UK Status

Fairly common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map