Photograph of a bee fly feeding from a flower

The wonderful world of bee-flies

Have you noticed one of these fascinating creatures in your garden or on your daily walk and wondered what it was? All furry body and buzzing like a bee, but with a long, straight tube called a proboscis sticking out at the front? This is not a bee at all, but a type of fly called a bee-fly. It is the perfect time of year to see a bee fly. Here is our Curator of Insects, Dr Ed Turner, with an explanation of their extraordinary biology.

Want to find out more about bee-flies? Visit these websites for more bee-fly facts:

Wildlife Trusts website

Discover Wildlife

And keep an eye out for future Wildlife Where You Are shorts in our Wildlife from your Window feed and discover more about the nature on your doorstep.

Photograph of a bee fly feeding from a flower
Credit: Matt Lowe

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