Dark-edged Bee-fly - Bombylius major

    Alternative names
    Bee Fly

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    If you can observe the difference, please record whether the fly was male or female. Males' eyes touch on top of the head, females' eyes are widely separated. Males tend to peak two weeks in advance of females and it would be good to get more supporting data for this difference.


    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.

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