Bombylius major (Linnaeus, 1758)
Often the first key in identifying Bee Flies, is their manner of flight. They hover over flowers and feed on nectar, but are very fast fliers and difficult to catch. Their appearance seems quite frightening, emphasized by the rigid proboscis. There are ten species of Bee Fly in the UK, of which Bombylius major is perhaps best known. They are members of the Bombyliidae family and are quite commonly seen during the Spring, darting between flowers. Their larvae are parasitic, feeding in the nests of solitary bees and wasps. They attack both young bees and stores of food within the nest.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Bombylius major
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Warne. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Nottingham City Council. Sean Tobin. Anthony Langmead. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. NBGRC. Rob Johnson. Meg Skinner. Andy Borroff. Barry Lygo. Michael Blount.

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Updated January 2021

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