British Wildlife 27.5 June 2016

Through a naturalist’s eyes

"I should not be too dismissive of the general populace's failure to distinguish between harmless hoverfly and harmful hymenopteran, Only last week, I was admiring the furry thorax of a bee perched on a leaf, and then the penny dropped as I realised that its eyes met in the middle of its head and its antennae were stubby. It was a dronefly (Erista/is) mimicking a Honeybee. Insect mimicry is a nice subject because it is easy to find mimics and their models – Honeybees, bumblebees and wasps – in the garden and beyond."

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