Bee flies - They are spring insects.
May 3,1999. M.Sekine
Early in spring, on a sunny day, you can find Bee flies hovering and
feeding in flowers in the paths in the countryside. The body of the Bee
fly is densely haired, like velvet, resembling bees; the legs and proboscis
are long and slender, but harmless. The adult Bee fly, Bombylius major,(
the Japanese name : Biroudoturiabu ) lives for two or three months - in
March, April, and May - in Japan. They are spring insects. When we find
these species, we know winter is over and spring has come.