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Bee Fly in flight

If there was an award for "Most Curious Looking Insect" then the bee-fly would be in with a good chance of winning it.  As the name suggests it looks like a cross between a bumble bee and a fly.  It's covered in fur, has long gangly legs, and is equipped with a proboscis as long as its body.

Bee Fly egg laying

At this time of year you can spot them egg-laying next to small holes in the ground.  Bee Fly adults are harmless nectar feeders, while their young are carnivores, which feed on the larvae of solitary bees.

More info at: UK Safari Bee Flies Fact File

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