Bombylius major

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Large bee fly
Bombylius major
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Brachycera
Family: Bombyliidae
Subfamily: Bombyliinae
Genus: Bombylius
Species: B. major
Binomial name
Bombylius major
Linnaeus, 1758

Bombylius major, the large bee fly, is a fly which is a bee mimic. It is a parasitoid on bees and wasps. The eggs are flicked by the adult female toward the entrance of the underground nests of solitary bees and wasps. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the grubs.[1]

They can be found in April to June in Europe and North America and some parts of Asia.

References[change | change source]

  1. Stubbs, A. and Drake, M. (2001) (in English). British Soldierflies and their allies: a field guide to the larger British Brachycera. British Entomological & Natural History Society. pp. 512 pp. ISBN 1899935045.