|Bee Fly (Villa lateralis): a species seen at CSU Dominguez Hills|
While most people think of bees when they hear the word ‘pollinator’, in fact a wide range of animals function as pollinators. To learn more about pollinators in general see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2013/06/life-friendly-gardening-planning-for.html).
Among the bee-like insects that serve as pollinators are the Bee Flies. The Family Bombyliidae is a large family of flies with literally hundreds of genera and thousands of species worldwide. The exact number of species is currently unknown, due to a significant lack of research on this family. For a good review of the main types of flies seen in Southern California see: http://waynesword.palomar.edu/redmite6.htm
To learn more about Bee Flies and their role as beneficial insects, see: http://mother-natures-backyard.blogspot.com/2015/06/bee-flies-family-bombyliidae.html