Dotted bee fly

Dotted bee flies love heavily grazed areas

Adult bee flies are heralds of spring, emerging during the first warm days in March and April.

Although similar in appearance to a bee, it has a stout, furry body with long,spindly legs. The giveaway is the long, stiff proboscis that it holds out in front of its head. It uses it to probe flowers for nectar. 

Scarce species

At only 10mm in length, it can be diffcult to find a spotted bee fly on the Commons but they are there. You can see them on south facing areas that have been heavily grazed by the cattle. They have brown spots on their wings and if you get close enough, you can see black hairs at the end of their bodies.

The dotted bee fly was rediscovered in the Cotswolds in 2000
The dotted bee fly was rediscovered in the Cotswolds in 2000
The dotted bee fly was rediscovered in the Cotswolds in 2000