Honey Bee on Buckwheat?

July 23, 2016

Nope!   It is a syrphid fly, and this species happens to be an especially good bee mimic.   And just as bees are good pollinators, so are many fly species.  In fact, after bees, Syrphid flies are considered to be some of the best all-around flower pollinators.

Syrphid fly - Eristalis stipulator ♀
Syrphid fly – Eristalis stipulator ♀

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