Today we have an odd little critter, actually it is not too little, it is a little bigger than a bumble bee. This is the “Greater Bee Fly”. That long needle on it’s front is for sucking nectar from flowers, fortunately not for stinging or biting purposes. These bee flies do not sting at all which is nice to know. They move around very fast so I was happy this one decided to sit still for a while. People sometimes mistake them for what are commonly called hummingbird moths, but they are a totally different insect. Really, they are more likely to be mistaken for a bee. This was the first time I had seen this type of bee fly. Up here they are common in June and July, just hard to spot. Have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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