Yesterday in the warm sunshine I came across a very small bee-fly in my garden. I have regularly seen the larger Dark-edged Bee-fly (Bombylius major) but I have never seen a Western Bee-fly (Bombylius canescens) in the garden before. If I want to see one of these I normally go to Hembury Woods on Dartmoor.
Distinctive bee-fly with its long proboscis – the animal was around 8mm long
Feeding on Germander Speedwell flowers – gives a good indication of the size of the bee-fly
The dark core with the lighter fringing hairs is distinctive.
As you can see from this distribution map (courtesy of the NBN) it is not a common animal