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Related information
Bombyliidae - Wikipedia
Bee Flies of the genus Bombylius
Family Bombyliidae - Bee Flies - BugGuide

Related Books

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders


Bee fly or bombyliid picture
Bee Fly


Progressive Bee Fly picture
Progressive Bee Fly


Picture of a Gray Bee Fly nectaring on snow buckwheat - Anastoechus barbatus
Gray Bee Fly nectaring on snow buckwheat


Bee flies or bombyliid flies zip around flowers and bask on the ground in the heat of summer. The adult flies nectar on summer-blooming flowers, and females seek out insect nest burrows to lay their eggs, such as solitary bees and wasps, beetles, robber flies, grasshoppers and other insects. A component of a healthy ecological web, bee fly larvae consume their hosts in their egg, larval and pupal growth stages.

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