21st April 2015

The cunning Bee-Flies again today because they are really fascinating and for the first time I’ve seen them, with their furry round bodies and extraordinarily long legs and proboscis,  in the garden in Sheffield. They are widespread so look out for these Bee-mimics which have a cunning plan to steal a march on Bees and Wasps. These bee-mimics can hover beside flowers and, with their long tongues, reach right into the nectar, even of long-tubed flowers like these Pulmonaria. I managed to photograph another

The very furry body and extraordinarily long legs and proboscis of the Bee-Fly

The very furry body and extraordinarily long legs and proboscis of the Bee-Fly

A Bee-Fly, with its distinctive wing-markings hovering while feeding from Pulmonary

A Bee-Fly, with its distinctive wing-markings hovering while feeding from Pulmonaria

This Bee-Fly , with it's long proboscis and legs, and distinctive attaining on its wings, hovering about 3 metres off the ground

This Bee-Fly , with it’s long proboscis and legs, and distinctive attaining on its wings, hovering about 3 metres off the ground

one hovering about 3 metres above the lawn– they do this to watch for ground-nesting Bee and Wasp nests. What they do next is extraordinary- they fly low, past the entrance to a nest and flick their eggs into the nesting hole. When the eggs hatch, the Bee-Fly larvae parasitise the larvae of the Bee or Wasp, killing them while thriving themselves. Conditions: A glorious sunny, blue-skied day. Temperature: Max 15- Min 6c.

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