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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

Flies Are Pollinators, Too!

Close-up of a fly, genus Eristalis, on a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You may have noticed this little floral visitor in your garden. It might appear to be a bee, a common mistake to the untrained eye or those who think that all floral visitors are bees. But it's a fly, and flies are pollinators, too! This fly, from the...

Close-up of a fly, genus Eristalis, on a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a fly, genus Eristalis, on a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a fly, genus Eristalis, on a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flies are pollinators, too! This little Eristalis is nectaring a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Flies are pollinators, too! This little Eristalis is nectaring a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Flies are pollinators, too! This little Eristalis is nectaring a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of an Eristalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Side view of an Eristalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side view of an Eristalis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Drone Fly: Good Pollinator

Drone Fly

Yarrow, yarrow, yarrow.Drone fly, drone fly, drone fly.This little insect is often mistaken for a honey bee.  In the adult stage, both the drone fly and honey bee nectar flowers. However, the drone fly is a syrphid fly (family Syrphidae, subfamily...

Drone Fly
Drone Fly

DRONE FLY (Eristalis tenax) crawls on yarrow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Side View
Side View

SIDE VIEW of a drone fly, Eristalis tenax. The insect is often mistaken for a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Yellow Pollen
Yellow Pollen

LIKE A HONEY BEE, the drone fly (Eristalis tenax) pollinates flowers. Check out the yarrow pollen clinging to its abdomen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 9:09 AM
Tags: drone fly (13), rat-tailed maggot (3), yarrow (1)
 
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