Dark-edged 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.
Its larvae eat the larvae of bees and wasps in their nests.
Fairly common and widespread in Britain.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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