Jump to content

Bees and Flowers

Recommended Posts

Hoverflies are bee/wasp mimics (bees, wasps and ants are all part of an insect order called Hymenoptera) once you've photographed them a lot it's easy to distinguish between them all. Bees/wasps have two pairs of wings whereas flies only have one pair (in the second image you can see what would have been the second pair of wings  - it looks like a spatula between the wing and second pair of legs), both bees/wasps and flies have large compound eyes on hoverflies they are much bigger; bees/wasps have biting mouthparts, flies don't; bees/wasps have a much longer antenna - the exception is with sawflies.

Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...