What kind of bee (or fly?) is this?
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  1. #1
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    Default What kind of bee (or fly?) is this?

    My mom has this huge ivy that flowers in early fall and each year it attracts these odd gold colored bees with stiff black hairs and a wide flat body. 100's of them will come feed off that ivy plant for a few weeks and then they disappear and I don't see them again until the next year.

    Anyone know what these are?


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    Default Re: What kind of bee (or fly?) is this?

    a member of the Bombilidae Family aka a fly

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    Default Re: What kind of bee (or fly?) is this?

    Ahhh, so it's some kind of fly. Any idea what kind? They just love that ivy.

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    Default Re: What kind of bee (or fly?) is this?

    Some flowers attract bees and some less sweet smelling flowers attract flies as pollinators.
    I thought family Syrphidae, many are bee mimics... or rather Tachinidae. Here's a Paradejeania rutilioides rutilioides
    Last edited by dynemd; 06-22-2015 at 01:00 AM.
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