Thursday, September 12, 2013

Copycat flies

A clump of Michaelmas daisies in Beach Grove attracted a swarm of yellow and black insects this afternoon, honeybees and wasps, mostly. And a pair of lookalikes.

Syrphid fly. Eristalis tenax, a bee mimic.

Flies have only two functional wings. Bees have four.
Another syrphid. A bee mimic's mimic. Smaller, and with a striped vest instead of the furry one.

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