Bombylius discolor – a new species for Hartslock

Today was very busy with lots of visitors choosing to come up and see the hybrids but while showing a party of botanists around I spotted a larger, darker bee-fly pollinating cowslips. On catching it I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a Bombylius discolor (Spotted bee-fly), quite a rarity this far north and a new species for the site. It was obliging enough to stop for a few photos and even sat on someone’s finger for a while.

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