Villa fly


A Villa fly. Not sure of the species, could be  Villa hottentotta 

It is a member of the bee fly family – Bombyliidae.

Photographed this afternoon on the lavender.





  1. A bee that looks like a fly. I shot a fly that looks like a bee. Okaaaaayyy … is Mother Nature so stuck for originality? (Too late, she’s already done dinosaurs. But how about a spider wig flappety wings?)(There’s a thought—you take it, I’m too busy fighting this b—–! cold summer.)

    And I’ve seen my second cabbage white—this, after last year’s absolute plague. Sheesh!)


    • Shame. One cabbage white. That’s not good.

      Down here the annual Meadow White migration has begun.They fly up from down south, through the Karoo up through Gauteng, including Jo’burg. Then they head further north before turning right and make for Mozambique.
      Today the garden was awash with butterflies.
      It is quite something and it will continue for a week or so.

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