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.
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.
Location of photographs: Tbilisi, Georgia and Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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