A Bee Fly

bee fly feeding on black-eyed susan flower

A bee fly (family Bonbyliidae) feeds on a black-eyed Susan.

This is not a mosquito. It’s a bee fly (Family Bombyliidae), which I believe gets its name from its parasitic relationship to bees. Have a good weekend, everybody out there.

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4 thoughts on “A Bee Fly

    1. Thanks! I think the telling features are the eyes — mosquitoes seem to have smaller, more “bedazzled” eyes — and the antennae, which are pretty short and sleek; skeeter antennae seem more spindly and hairy (and the males of course have the bush glam rock style).

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