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Bee Fly


Its always great fun to find a Bee Fly. This one was about 1 cm in body length with wings patterned in brown. The body was also covered in dense brown hair. In the last picture, taken from underneath the body, you can see the groove in the face into which the proboscis fits when the fly is not feeding. In picture 4, the fly is feeding and the proboscis is held downwards. Since they can't curl or retract the proboscis, it is either facing down or forwards. While adults feed on nectar and are important pollinators of flowers, the larvae are parasitoids on other insects. Family Bombyliidae.


Garden lights, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2,200 meters.

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 1, 2018
Submitted on Nov 3, 2018

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