Bee-fly

June 28, 2013

The Dark-edged Bee-fly looks rather like a bumblebee, with a long, straight proboscis that it uses to feed on nectar from

spring flowers such as primroses and violets. It is on the wing in the early spring, when it can often be seen in sunny patches.

In flight, it is even more like a bee as it produces a high-pitched buzz.

This species is common, but the Heath and Mottled Bee-flies, are classified as Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

 


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