Bombyliidae

Pronunciation:  [Bom·bah·LEE·i⋅dae]

Common Name:    Bee Flies

Description:  Adults are bee mimics — usually quite hairy.   Most species have a long proboscis.  They hover near flowers and feed on nectar.   Larvae are parasites or predators of other insects.

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Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Body robust and densely hairy
  2. Long proboscis
  3. Large abdomen

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Order:  Diptera