Usia versicolor  (Fabricius, 1787)
Main synonym = Bombylius versicolor    Fabricius, 1787
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Diptera / Bombyliidae
Red-Backed Bee-fly     Naħħalija tat-Tebgħa Ħamra
Further Information:
Occurs mostly on flat, open flowers such as marigolds. At 5mm in length, it is one of the smaller bee-flies in the Maltese Islands. Staying mostly on Calendula sepceis, they are the prime pollinators of these plants including the important sub-endemic Calendula suffruticosa subsp. fulgida s.l.

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