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To Bee or Not to Bee

Aviator

To bee or not to bee. Not to bee. The flying insect hovering over the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden,  UC Davis Arboretum, looked like a honey bee or wasp at first glance. It wasn't. It was a hover fly or syphrid fly from the...

Aviator
Aviator

Like a hovering helicopter, the hover fly lingers over flowers in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Gathering nectar
Gathering nectar

The hover fly, from the syrphid family, works the flowers in the Storer Garden, part of the UC Davis Arboretum. The syphrids, in their larval stage, eat plant-sucking pests or decaying matter, and in their adult stage, they pollinate flowers as they go after the nectar and pollen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 1:38 PM
Tags: aviator (1), drone flies (4), flower flies (6), hover flies (6), syphrids (1), Syrphidae (8)

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