I’m running out of cute ways to refer to bee flies

Honeybee mimic bee fly

Along with the butterflies and the bees and the birds,  there’s a syrphid fly I’ve been chasing. A bee mimic, to be precise. Mostly likely Eristalis tenax, to be even more precise. It’s the kind of fly that looks just like a bee but it doesn’t exactly act like a bee. Bees methodically go from flower to flower. This fly would land and just pump its belly breathing. When you come in for a closer look, bees ignore you. This fly panics and flies away. And when you finally get a real picture, no way does that look like a bee!

Caught you! Sneaky bee fly.

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About Pam Phillips

I am a writer and gardener. I never cease to be amazed by the wonder and beauty of bees.
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