Like a little bristly, black flying pig...my favourite fly.
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a splendid looking fly indeed! About the size of a bulb-fly perhaps?
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Bigger...a real beast of a thing, if you see a big one, like this. Like the largest bumbleebees. Not common here, but in northern areas, like the West coast of Scotland, they can be very common. Parasitic upon large moth caterpillars.
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I have never seen a black bristly pig flying,but will look out for them do I get them in my area in Northumberland.
Yes, you should do. You won't miss it, though you could disregard it for a bumblebee, I suppose. It flies hard and fast like a fly, though. Look for them om ragwort or umbellifers. Good luck!
They basically live anywhere that you get very large, hairy caterpillars in large numbers. So that would be areas with moors and heath but they do fly very well and can come into gardens.
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Forestry Commission plantation being returned to wooded heathland