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Bee-Fly (Bombylius major)


Bee flies are expert flyers, and their hovering habit has led to their being incorrectly called a species of hoverfly (Syrphidae). The very long proboscis is used to feed on the nectar of many species of flower, especially primroses.


Bombylius major can be found in April to June throughout temperate Europe and North America and some parts of Asia. This one was found in a Mediterranean Shrubland biome.

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Monda, Andalucía, Spain

Lat: 36.63, Long: -4.83

Spotted on May 1, 2010
Submitted on May 1, 2010

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