a bee fly, Villa sp,  photo © by Mike Plagens

Alighted on damp soil at the shoreline of Kearney Lake, Pinal Co., Arizona, June 2010.

Bombyliidae -- Bee-Fly Family

Bee-flies resemble bees for a good reason: it provides these otherwise defenseless insects a measure of protection from insectivorous birds and lizards. These flies do not sting nor do they come to food at picnics nor garbage. As adults they spend a lot of time hovering close to the soil in a bare patch and feeding is generally restricted to nectar from flowers. Some have specialized, long and slender, flower-feeding mouthparts - these are not used for biting people. There are many species of bee-flies with a range of biologies, but most are parasitic on ground nesting insects such as bees, beetles and grasshoppers.

A Few of the many, many other Bee-Fly Species (thumbs):

another similar species of beefly © by Mike Plagens  Poecilanthrax fly photo © by Mike Plagens

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updated 3 Sept. 2016.