What is Street Creatures?  This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.

How does it work?  Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.

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Quiz #64 Clues

Bumble bee
Rigid proboscis

Answer (Don't click until you've solved it)

Bee Fly (Bombylius)

Bumble Bee:

These fuzzy flies resemble bumble bees, and in fact, that’s how they earned both their scientific and common names. Unlike bees however, they only have two wings and long, slender legs. There’s one more difference in the next clue…

Rigid proboscis:

Bee flies have a long, needle-like proboscis that they can’t retract so it is always visible. This is a key trait for distinguishing bee flies from other similar insects.


Although they’re cute and fluffy, bee flies have a dark side, they are parasitoids of ground nesting bees, including those in the Andrena genus, also known as mining bees. The bee fly’s larvae takes over their nest and eats their young.


Another common name for bee flies is humbleflies.
You can learn a lot more about bee flies, and many other flies in my upcoming book, NATURE OBSCURA.
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