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