It is always a surprise when we look closely and find a flies eyes attached to what we thought was a bees body. Using Batesian mimicry to look like a bee when your really a fly a bee-fly mimic and yellow-jacket mmimic enjoy a sip of nectar from a late blooming sedum plant.
It is always a surprise and reason to take a closer look at the insects in the garden.
6 thoughts on “a flies eyes”
That’s a beauty, Mike, well worth the time spent capturing it macro.
Syrphid fly, perhaps Syrphus opinator?
Hi Shannon, it is always fun to use the macOS to ge that close look you can then examine in detail later. Not sure on the fly species there seem to be so many.
Oh, but not so many with those distinct, beautiful markings. I’m certain you could name him!
Yes, it is time to break out the bug book and dive in.
Or lean on the iNat community. I find that no matter the species, there is a geek for it. There is sure to be someone who has a passion for flies. Find her … she’ll help. 😀
Thanks for the tip. I had not consider that route.
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