Some of you were asking about the Bee Fly in yesterday's post. So what is a Bee Fly?
Bee flies are members of a large family of flies called Bombyliidae. It is believed that their superficial resemblance to bees offers them some protection from predators. This Bee Fly is somewhat smaller than the honey bees in my yard.
No, they don't sting.
They feed on the nectar and pollen of flowers. The Bee Fly in my photos is one of several different varieties of bee fly. You can click on the photos to enlarge.
Bee flies are on every continent except Antarctica but most folks don't notice them because they look like another bee on the flowers.
To see more of our world in tiny detail please take a look at Macro Monday.