Bee flies at Slapton

Several Bee flies at the quarry Slapton, one of my favourite spring time insects. It's a bumble bee mimic. The eggs are flicked by the adult female toward the entrance of the underground nests of solitary bees and wasps. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the grubs. 

The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)
The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)

The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)
The large bee-fly (Bombylius major)

Posted April 6th, 2019 at 4:53 pm by Richie Moore in Other Wildlife