Bee Fly - Bombylius major

    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    Gardens and hedgerows where it basks in sunny spots.

    When to see it

    Spring.

    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