Drone Fly

The Drone Fly (Eristalis tenax) is a common and widespread insect in the Syrphidae family of hoverflies. It is a syrphid. It is also known as the Hoverfly.

It is a bee mimic – because it looks like a bee, such as a Honey Bee.

The Drone Fly is bee-like with yellow and orange or reddish markings. It has six legs, a pair of wings, and large brown-haired eyes.

Drone Fly

Drone Fly (female)

It measures 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) long.

The Drone Fly is found everywhere, except the Antarctic. It likes parks, gardens, fields, and meadows.

It is called a Drone Fly or a Hoverfly because the male hovers still in the air and chases away intruders from its territory. It is territorial.

The adult Drone Fly feeds on nectar from flowers. It is a pollinator, like the bee.

The female lays eggs, which hatch into larvae. The larva of the Drone Fly is a maggot, like the larva of a House Fly. The larva feeds on bacteria. When the larva is fully grown, the larva looks for a suitable place to pupate, such as in buildings. The adult fly emerges from the pupa.

So it looks and acts like a bee, but it reproduces like a fly. It is a bee-like fly.

Drone Fly

Drone Fly (female)

Drone Fly

Drone Fly (female)

Drone Fly

Drone Fly (female)

Drone Fly (female)
Drone Fly (male)
Drone Fly (male)
Drone Fly (male)

Location of photographs: Tbilisi, Georgia and Paris, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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