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Gray bee fly

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders

 

Picture of a gray bee fly nectaring on snow buckwheat - Anastoechus barbatusGray bee flies zip about flowers in the heat of summer, at a time grasshoppers and locusts click and hover. The adult flies nectar on summer-blooming flowers, and the females seek grasshopper egg-pods which the maggot devours. A component of a healthy ecological web, the gray bee fly is a beneficial insect for farmers and gardeners.

 

Picture of a gray bee fly nectaring on snow buckwheat - Anastoechus barbatus
Gray bee fly nectaring on snow buckwheat

 

Picture of a gray bee fly nectaring on alfalfa - Anastoechus barbatus
Gray bee fly nectaring on alfalfa



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