Honey Bee or or Bee Mimic?

November 16, 2015

Mimicry is one of many interesting strategies for survival in the animal kingdom. This Syrphid Fly is a European Honey Bee mimic.  Honey bees have the ability to sting, so this fly’s disguise will get it respect from many animals.  But the question arises; why would a mimic for a European bee species be in the GNG? Because this fly species hitchhiked across the Atlantic and is continuing it’s ruse along side honey bees throughout North America.

Syrphid Fly - Eristalinus taeniopsfly
Syrphid Fly – Eristalinus taeniopsfly
This aging female Honey Bee Apis mellifera struggles to free herself from a trash-spider’s web.
This aging female Honey Bee Apis mellifera struggles to free herself from a trash-spider’s web.

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