White-Rumped Bee Fly

Photo of a black and white bee fly perched on a plant stalk
Scientific Name
Ogcodocera leucoprocta
Bombyliidae (bee flies) in the order Diptera (flies)

The white-rumped bee fly, Ogcodocera leucoprocta, has no real common name. It likes to visit flowers. Look for it in our native prairies. Apparently, there are only two species of Ogcodocera bee flies in the United States, and O. leucoprocta is the only one known from the eastern states. Leucoprocta means "white anus."

Learn more about the white-rumped bee fly and other bee flies (family Bombyliidae) on their family page.

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Invertebrates are animals without backbones, including earthworms, slugs, snails, and arthropods. Arthropods—invertebrates with “jointed legs” — are a group of invertebrates that includes crayfish, shrimp, millipedes, centipedes, mites, spiders, and insects. There may be as many as 10 million species of insects alive on earth today, and they probably constitute more than 90 percent all animal species.