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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Strange bee or fly?

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Indigoez
Floresville, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2006
7:59 PM

Post #2409065

I've been seeing these on Gomphrena plants I have this year, never seen them before on anything though. They look like a cross between a fly and a bee, and are quite docile (they hover and will let you 'direct' them with a hand for lack of a better term). anyone have any ideas?

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Indigoez
Floresville, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2006
8:00 PM

Post #2409071

Here's one more at more of a distance.

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hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 19, 2006
8:19 PM

Post #2409160

I think you hit the nail on the head - common name is a "bee fly" (a lot easier than Bombylius). Great close up!

http://www.cirrusimage.com/flies_bee_Bombylius_major.htm



Indigoez
Floresville, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2006
6:26 PM

Post #2420856

Yeah it's definitely something along those lines, but that page say they are difficult to approach, while the ones I have don't seem to mind at all having a lens stuck in their faces lol, also that directing thing they let you do as I mentioned above. Thanks for getting me in the right genus though!:-)
go2glenn
Suwanee, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 22, 2006
11:27 PM

Post #2421880

Here in the South (USA) we have these strange moths that feed on flowers during the day. I know it is not the insect in question but thought you folks would like to see it. G

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Indigoez
Floresville, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 29, 2006
7:06 AM

Post #2446312

We have a moth like that here, only with a banded rear end hehe. I think they're called hawk moths.
LC2sgarden
Bolivar, TN
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2006
3:37 AM

Post #2453576

They are called hawk moths. The other picture may be one of the orchard bees.

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