Bee-fly Watch

Join in with Bee-fly Watch 2021!Bee-fly from 24 February, photo by Ian Beavis

Bee-fly Watch is now into its sixth year, following another record-breaking year in 2020, when the combination of a very sunny spring and people seeking out wildlife during the first covid lockdown resulted in a big increase in records. Bee-flies are distinctive furry flies that are usually on the wing from late February or March to June, often hovering over flowers and using their long 'nose' (proboscis) to feed on nectar. Once again we are asking people to look out for bee-flies and add your records to iRecord.

You can add your bee-fly record using the form below (or you can use the standard iRecord forms in the usual way).

  • Bee-fly Watch results from this year and last year
  • To add your sighting to Bee-fly Watch 2021 you can use the form below for a one-off sighting (there is a similar form via Dipterists Forum), or you can add records via the iRecord website or iRecord app - they'll all end up in the same place!
  • If you're new to bee-flies, or at all unsure of what you've seen, please upload a photo with your record. A photo is also requested if you find a bee-fly before March or after May.
  • Download our identification guides to check which species you are seeing:
  • For lots more fascinating facts on bee-flies go to our main bee-fly page, where there are lots more links, videos and downloads, and see #BeeFlyWatch on social media.

Although they are a familiar site in many areas, bee-flies continue to surprise us. What will 2021 bring?

This year we have an expanded team of iRecord verifiers to ensure that records are checked promptly - many thanks to the team: Alex Dye, David Basham, Erica McAlister, Lloyd Davies, Malcolm Smart, Martin Harvey, Megan Shersby, Richard Comont, Tony Madgwick, Victoria Burton, Will George.