A yellow-furred fly with a long snout.
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stunning capture. Paul
Some people refer to these as dark edged bee flies, presumably because of the dark leading edge to the wings. I don't know if there is such a thing as a non-dark edged bee fly though; if there isn't it makes a bit of a nonsense of it all. I mean, we don't refer to a grey-backed nuthatch, do we?
The Heath Bee Fly doesn't have dark edged wings - perhaps that's the comparison?
Paul, thanks! Pity I missed one foot.
The names were cobbled together under the misguided idea that members of the public can only relate to common names and cannot be enthused by flies unless they have English names. Hence, in the Bombyliidae we end up with Dotted Bee-fly, Mottled Bee-fly and even the Downland Villa, which sounds a lovely place to live, but is actually a fly!
Sometimes, the common names are in fact harder to remember than the scientific names. A nice little soldierfly, Chorisops tibialis becomes the Dull Four-spined Legionnaire. Trips off the tongue doesn't it!
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