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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.

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Nice ones Fogey - waiting for more flowers to come out in my new garden, as we are now mid Spring over here, and hopefully will see more activity like this.

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