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Bombylius atriceps? - Bombylius major - female

Bombylius atriceps? - Bombylius major - Female
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
April 12, 2005
Size: 1/2 inch
Had a couple of these hovering about the garden today. I've taken a shot at ID'ing them. Am I correct?

Bombylius
This is probably not B. atriceps. The three species of Bombylius that occur in BC according to the World Catalogue of Bee Flies are B. major, B. aurifer, and B. lancifer. The only one of those that I know is B. major, which is common and very widespread (a Holarctic distribution) and which looks much like this specimen. I wouldn't be surprised if it was that species, but I have no idea if the other two species resemble this or not.

 
ID Bee fly
Thanks Joel. I think you're right B.Major Thank for your help.

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