Bee Flies Insect

Bee Flies Insect The large, or common bee fly, Bombylius major, can be found across the Northern Hemisphere. Its long, stilletolik proboscis is perfectly adapted for probing into long-tubed flowers. Body length 0.4-0.5 inches (9-12 mm).

Common name: Bee flies

Family: Bombyliidae

Suborder: Brachycera

Order: Diptera

Class /Subphylum:Insecta Hexapoda

Number of species: 3,000 (800 U.S.)

Size:From about 0.06 in (1.5 mm) to 0.8 in (20 mm)

Key features:Many rather plump and hairy, may be mistaken for bees, giving them their common name; many have a long, slim proboscis; wings often have darker patterns or spots

Habits: May be found feeding at flowers or sitting around on the ground, rocks, or other surfaces; flower feeders may hover as they take nectar, usually seen singly, larvae often found in the nests of solitary bees or wasps

Breeding:Courtship occurs in some species, sometimes in leks; after mating, females seek out burrows of their host insects into which to drop their eggs

Diet:Adults feed on nectar, larvae parasitic or predaceous, mainly on larval solitary bees and wasps, some feed on egg pods of Orthoptera

Habitat: Have a preference for dry habitats such as desert and semidesert, with just a few in more moist conditions

Distribution: Worldwide where suitable habitats exist.

 

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