White-Rumped Bee Fly

Ogcodocera leucoprocta

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Photo of a black and white bee fly perched on a plant stalk
The bee fly Ogcodocera leucoprocta (it has no common name) was seen at Friendly Prairie. This species is often seen near flowers.
Family

Bombyliidae (bee flies) in the order Diptera (flies)

Description

The white-rumped bee fly, Ogcodocera leucoprocta, has no real common name. It likes to visit flowers. Look for it in our native prairies. Apparently, there are only two species of Ogcodocera bee flies in the United States, and O. leucoprocta is the only one known from the eastern states. Leucoprocta means "white anus."

Learn more about the tiger bee fly and other bee flies (family Bombyliidae) on their family page.