Who’s this guy? He flew just like a hoverfly, but was both substantially larger and more bee-looking than other hoverflies I’ve seen. Would have thought he was a regular bee if not for the way he was flying. He was about the size of a standard honeybee, maybe a litle broader. Found in Salt Lake County, Utah!
Oooh a stylish lil bud! Excellent outfit and eyeballs. Looks to me like a European wool carder bee as far as I can tell from these photos. They’re a type of leaf-cutter bee, but instead of cutting pieces out of the leaves, they scrape off the hairs on the leaves of certain plants to line their nests! They are, unfortunately, invasive in the US.
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