Las Pilitas Nursery

California Native Plants are all we grow!

Blog Contact Us Directions

3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Shop For Plants Cart Contents

This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

Beeflies, Bombyliidae   are a family of flies that larvae live on eggs or early stages of grasshoppers, beetles, Lepidoptera, bees and wasps. They are generally active fliers and Beeflies are great pollinators that frequent many different genera of plants throughout much of the World.
Beefly on manzanita flower - grid24_6
Bombylius major is a common large Beefly that seems to pollinate most Flowers. Larvae are parasitoids of the larvae of solitary bees
Beefly on Ribes caliofornicum - Bombylius major - grid24_6
Beefly, Bombylius major on Ribes californicum
Sinuous Bee Fly (Hemipenthes sinuosa)
A parasite of parasitic bees such as Banchus and Ophion and parasitic flies like  tachinids - grid24_6
Sinuous Bee Fly (Hemipenthes sinuosa) A parasite of parasitic bees such as Banchus and Ophion and parasitic flies like tachinids
Thevenetimyia californica is a large and weird Beefly. - grid24_6
Thevenetimyia californica looks like something out of a SciFi comic book.
This little Beefly, Phthiriinae, (maybe Neacreotrichus) lays eggs among it's preys eggs. Lepidoptera, bees, and wasps, beetles, grasshoppers. - grid24_6
This weird little fly is a Beefly in the Phthiriinae tribe, maybe Neacreotrichus
This Beefly, (Pantarbes) looks more like a fuzzy fly. - grid24_6
A fuzzy wuzzy little Beefly, Pantarbes.
Beefly, Poecilanthrax working  a Plum Flower - grid24_6
A different Beefly, Poecilanthra
Villini, Thyridanthrax , Thyridanthrax pallidus - grid24_6
This cute little beefly is called Thyridanthrax pallidus. How about Tiger gray fly?