Bee Flies are so named because they resemble bees with their hairy, yellow and brown stripped bodies, but only have two wings, and are placed in the order Diptera along with other flies, ants and mosquitoes.
There are literally thousands of species world-wide, including this one, Hemipenthes morio. Like bees, adult Bee Flies feed on nectar and pollen. Next time you see a bee or a wasp - look closely and count the wings to see what you've really encountered.
To learn more about flies, visit our Visual Bug Guide.