Dark-edged Bee-fly - Bombylius major

    Alt Name
    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

    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

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map