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Rats!

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, on a Shasta daisy at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Rats! How many times have you encountered a "honey bee" on the Internet, in a book, magazine, newspaper or other publication, and found a syrphid fly misidentified as a honey bee? It's truly amazing how often syrphid flies are mistaken for honey...

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, on a Shasta daisy at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, on a Shasta daisy at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens.. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, on a Shasta daisy at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly,Eristalis tenax, on yarrow at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone fly,Eristalis tenax, on yarrow at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, on yarrow at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a drone fly, Eristalis tenax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a drone fly, Eristalis tenax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a drone fly, Eristalis tenax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Honey Bee Impostor

The drone fly, Eristalis tenax, is often mistaken for a bee. The fly has the letter

It's often mistaken for a honey bee. Indeed, to the untrained eye, the drone fly (Eristalis tenax) appears to be a bee. It's not; it's a fly. Native pollinator specialist Robbin Thorp, emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, calls the drone fly...

The drone fly, Eristalis tenax, is often mistaken for a bee. The fly has the letter
The drone fly, Eristalis tenax, is often mistaken for a bee. The fly has the letter "H" on its thorax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The drone fly, Eristalis tenax, is often mistaken for a bee. The fly has the letter "H" on its abdomen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

essie Brown, 14, a junior UC Master Gardener with the Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners, photographs insects in the ceanothus at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
essie Brown, 14, a junior UC Master Gardener with the Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners, photographs insects in the ceanothus at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jessie Brown, 14, a junior UC Master Gardener with the Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners, photographs insects in the ceanothus at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Sparkle and Shine!

A drone fly heads for a Sparkle and Shine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Poet Gertrude Stein, who coined "A rose is a rose is a rose," probably would have liked it. Julia Child, maybe not. We purchased a "Sparkle and Shine" yellow rose, related to the Julia Child Rose, last May at the rose sale sponsored by the California...

A drone fly heads for a Sparkle and Shine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone fly heads for a Sparkle and Shine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly heads for a Sparkle and Shine blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly prepares for its descent. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A drone fly prepares for its descent. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A drone fly prepares for its descent. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heading out, a drone fly pauses before take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Heading out, a drone fly pauses before take-off. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Heading out, a drone fly pauses before take-off.

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Another Kind of Drone Strike

Drone fly nectaring on bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

No, it's not a honey bee. But many people think all floral visitors are bees. It's a fly. A drone fly. Family:  Syrphidae;  subfamily Eristalinae; tribe Eristalini; genus, Eristalis. Like all syrphids, it has two wings. The honey bee has...

Drone fly nectaring on bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Drone fly nectaring on bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Drone fly nectaring on bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Sunlight glittering on a drone fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sunlight glittering on a drone fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunlight glittering on a drone fly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Drone fly in flight, heading toward bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Drone fly in flight, heading toward bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Drone fly in flight, heading toward bulbine. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Will the Real Honey Bee Stand Up?

Drone fly visiting the Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Will the real honey bee stand up?Not all bees are honey bees and not all floral visitors that look like bees are bees. Sometimes they're flies.A recent trip to the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden located next to the Harry H....

Drone fly visiting the Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Drone fly visiting the Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Drone fly visiting the Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunflower bee packing a load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sunflower bee packing a load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sunflower bee packing a load of pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee nectaring a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee nectaring a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee nectaring a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 9:17 PM
Tags: Alex Wild (18), drone fly (13), honey bee (197), sunflower bee (9)

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