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Apr 1, 2012 5:06 PM

Bee Fly wings


I have attached two photos of Bee Flies which seem to love aubresia here in Somerset.  The wings do not have the black leading edge and appear to be totally transparent.  A common species?

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    Apr 2, 2012 9:40 AM (in response to davidsym)
    Re: Bee Fly wings


    I think you have photographed the most common of the bee-flies in Britain, Bombylius major. The dark pattern on its wings is hidden by a certain blurryness of the image due to the fact that the insect keeps beating its wings when feeding on the flower. You can still see the pattern in your second photo, Bee Fly 2.jpg, and that is consistent with what B. major has (see this page for a comparison with other species; B. major is third from top). The dark band is wider near the base of the wing and narrower towards its tip.

    I hope this helps.

    Yours truly,


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