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Male drone fly (Eristalis tenax) on asteraceae flower. The males eyes meet while the females’ eyes are clearly separated . The adult fly that emerges from the pupa is harmless. It looks somewhat like a drone honey bee, and likely gains some degree of protection from this resemblance to a stinging insect. The adults are called drone flies because of this resemblance. Like other hover flies, they are common visitors to flowers, especially in late summer and autumn, and can be significant pollinators.
Deciduous woodland edge.
Spotted on May 18, 2017
Submitted on May 23, 2017
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