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Bee Fly - Bombylius - British Columbia - Bombylius anthophilus

Bee Fly - Bombylius - British Columbia - Bombylius anthophilus
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
April 10, 2005
This fly was just napping in the rain. Once the sun came out it started buzzing it's wings to warm up for flight.

some other species?
Although the Guide page mentions that Hall & Evenhuis say the pile can be brown, yellow, or white, there is no mention of gray or the two-toned coloration that this one shows. It looks different than the familiar brown B. major seen in the east, and the one posted by Kildale from BC.
If no other Nearctic Bombylius species has this black-and-clear wing pattern (as stated in the Guide page), could this one be some other long-beaked species that occurs in BC, such as Systoechus oreas, or perhaps one of several species of Conophorus? I haven't seen photos of any of those.

maybe B. anthophilus
This may well be Bombylius anthophilus. It is primarily a white Bombylius that otherwise looks like the typical brown B. major. Dissecting the genitalia will confirm it, but I've never seen such a white B. major before. Those that were previously placed in B. major that were white like this have been transferred to B. anthophilus

maybe B. anthophilus
Okay, thank you Neal; image provisionally moved from B. major page to new species page. It can just as easily be moved again if necessary.

Nice shot of a beautiful fly!

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