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    1 - Greater Bee Fly, Bombylius major.

    04/30/2013 Mouth of the Elwha River, Port Angeles, Washington

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    2 - Greater Bee Fly.

    04/30/2013 Mouth of the Elwha River, Port Angeles, Washington

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    3 - Greater Bee Fly.

    04/30/2013 Mouth of the Elwha River, Port Angeles, Washington

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    4 - Greater Bee Fly.

    04/30/2013 Mouth of the Elwha River, Port Angeles, Washington

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5 - Greater Bee Fly.

04/30/2013 Mouth of the Elwha River, Port Angeles, Washington

Members of this common and widespread species were nectaring on some of the first spring flowers near the mouth of the Elwha river.

Like other bee flies, the Greater Bee Fly drops eggs near the holes of other insects. The eggs hatch and the larvae crawl into the hole to parasitize the insect larvae there.

This species has a characteristic dark pattern on the leading edge of the wings. The hairs covering the body may be buff to brown or yellow.

Thanks to bugguide.net for the ID.