Can anybody identify this bee found yesterday in our garden caught on the washing?


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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 51,363
    edited 14 April
    That looks like one of the Bee Flies rather than
    a bee. https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/bee-fly

    Lovely little things. Fascinating talk about them on Radio 4 early this morning  :)

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01h2chx
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Dee73Dee73 Posts: 366
    We had a couple last week not sure if it's just Humming bird bee. These are to by that name.
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 863
    There seem to be a lot of them about this year Robert, nice catch.. :) 
    Wild Edges took a similar shot the other day on the daily wildlife thread and said which one it was too, with the wide scalloped black wing pattern.

    I was not up early enough Dove :(

  • Robert314Robert314 Posts: 7
    Thankyou all for the identification and so pleased as I have never seen one before. 
    A fascinating find indeed.
    Enjoy the rest of the day. :)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 51,363
    Click on the link I posted @Rubytoo ... you can listen to it there 👍 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,734
    Dee's first photo is Humming Bird Hawkmoth. A different chap altogether.
    I have never heard the Bombylius flies called Humming Bird flies. Most likely Bombylius major, it's the most common
  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 863
    Thanks @Dove :D

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,762
    that's a bee fly, drink nectar thru the proboscis, just like a butterfly, but the bee flies doesn't 'fold away' like a butterfly
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 1,681
    See 2 pics of Bombylius in this thread: one by @wild edges and one by myself: https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1002945/insects-of-the-day/p19

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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