Bee Flies

Bee Flies or humble-flies is the more common name for a family of flies, known scientifically as the Bombyliidae. Some adult bee flies are very important pollinators, feeding on nectar on pollen it can sometimes be easy to mistake them for a bee. The larvae of bee flies are nest parasites or parasitoids, which means that it relies on another insect or a host to survive. This usually results in the death of the host. Bee flies tend to choose ground-nesting and solitary bees as hosts by flicking their eggs into the nests.

Other Names Include

  • Large Bee Fly
  • Dark-edged Bee Fly
  • Bombylius major
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