Hover fly

Title Info
Common name Fly, Hover
Scientific name Syrphidae
Taxonomic group Diptera
Level Family
Source Dan L. Perlman
Selection and adaptations Coloration
Coloration Mimicry
Organisms Animals
Animals Insects
Lessons Mimicry and Camouflage
Date 1991
Location Pembroke,Massachusetts,USA,North America

Hover fly, a bee mimic, Massachusetts. Hover flies, such as the one in this image, are excellent mimics of bees. If you look carefully, though, the head and eyes are clearly those of a fly. Hover flies do not sting or bite, but they gain protection by looking like stinging bees, an example of Batesian mimicry.