Bee-fly

beeflyJust recently I noticed a strange looking bee flying around, with a long spike at its front end, which made it look quite scary. It did not behave quite the same as a bee does, and its legs looked mosquito-like. I cannot remember ever seeing one of these strange insects until a week or so ago, and now I seem to spot them all the time.

I managed to get a photograph of one today and then did some research. It turns out it is a bee-fly, or Bombylius major  which is harmless to humans but is parasitic to solitary bees, wasps and beetles. They do however, pollinate flowers.

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