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Bee Fly

Hemipenthes morio

Description:

The adults grow up to 7 - 10 mm long, while the wingspan reaches 5 - 15 mm. They can mostly be encountered from May through August feeding on nectar and pollen of a variety of flowers (for instance of Lavandula stoechas, Cytisus scoparius, Thapsia villosa, etc.). Their body is dark-brown and hairy, especially on the side of the abdomen. The wings have a light area located near the apex and a dark area close to costal margin, separated by a zig-zag division. The dark area of the wings almost reaches the end of the abdomen.The larvae are hyperparasites (parasites of parasites), mainly developing in larvae of flies (Diptera, Tachinidae), as well as in wasp larvae (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) parasitizing caterpillars moths (Noctuidae).

Habitat:

This common 'bee-fly' is mainly present in most of Europe, in eastern Palearctic ecozone, in the Near East and in Nearctic ecozone.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago
'bee-fly'
Hemipenthes morio Hemipenthes morio


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1 Comment

injica
injica 7 years ago

vielen dank!

injica
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injica

Croatia

Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Jun 12, 2013

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