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First bee fly I've spotted this year in the garden.

Brian V.

First bee fly of 2022 in the garden by Brian Valentine, on Flickr



Mar 22, 2022 at 05:30 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · First bee fly


Brian,

Very nice.

I also saw my first one yesterday.

Harold



Mar 22, 2022 at 06:09 AM
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Very nice. I have never seen one

Birdie



Mar 22, 2022 at 11:15 AM
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e6filmuser wrote:
Brian,

Very nice.

I also saw my first one yesterday.

Harold


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birdied wrote:
Very nice. I have never seen one

Birdie


Thanks for the comments Harold and Birdie- appreciated

Brian V.



Mar 23, 2022 at 12:51 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · First bee fly


Interesting, first time i've seen this type of insect before.


Mar 27, 2022 at 08:19 AM
 


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Lobos8403 wrote:
Interesting, first time i've seen this type of insect before.


Thanks for the comments

Brian V.




Mar 27, 2022 at 11:58 PM
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I get both Dark Edged and Dotted Bee-flies in my garden. They are attracted to Lungwort plants when the sun is on the flowers in the afternoon. Lungworts are forest plants and don't like too much sun so I have several along the fence on the East side of my garden where they only get afternoon sun.


Apr 28, 2022 at 11:16 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · First bee fly


Dam, look at that long snout on him, or beak, or horn or
Any other pictures of it ?
Fuzzy little guy too-
Never seen one before.



Apr 28, 2022 at 04:46 PM
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peter7 wrote:
I get both Dark Edged and Dotted Bee-flies in my garden. They are attracted to Lungwort plants when the sun is on the flowers in the afternoon. Lungworts are forest plants and don't like too much sun so I have several along the fence on the East side of my garden where they only get afternoon sun.


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Bill Gass wrote:
Dam, look at that long snout on him, or beak, or horn or
Any other pictures of it ?
Fuzzy little guy too-
Never seen one before.


Thanks for the comments and info Peter and Bill

Bill some more shots below.

Brian V.

Bee fly female showing off it's proboscis #1 by Brian Valentine, on Flickr

Proboscis extended


Mating bee flies


Feeding on honesty




Apr 29, 2022 at 01:16 AM
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Another odd feature of this strange insect is that the end of its tongue is forked.



Apr 29, 2022 at 04:20 PM







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