Llanelli Naturalists Newsletter - October 2001 - No 67
Ian Morgan

Have members noticed this mini hummingbird-like fly, which emerges in March or April in wooded localities such as Stradey Woods?  The furry-bodied bee-fly hovers, with extended long proboscis, in front of flowers such as ground ivy Glechoma hederacea or bugle Ajuga reptans.  The wings are black in front but this is often not visible as they rapidly move.  A species with spotted wings Bombylius discolor occurs on the south Gower cliffs and a smaller species B. canescens (with clear wings) occurs fairly frequently on Carmarthenshire pastures.