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Bee mimic drone fly (female)

Eristalis tenax

Description:

he eyes are marbled in black. Males have hovering displays. The average wing length is 9.75–13 mm and their average wingspan is 15 mm. They have a stout appearance, and resemble bees. The exact appearance of the drone fly can vary considerably. The abdomen can vary in color from dark brown to orange.

Habitat:

Saw this particular one on a low growing plant in my backyard.

Notes:

Had previously mistook this bee sighting for a different species. Thank you Mark for the correction.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Bee mimic drone fly
Eristalis tenax Genus Eristalis - Diptera: Brachycera: Cyclorrhapha


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1 Comment

JamesPriest2
JamesPriest2 7 months ago

Thank you Mark. I did have my doubts, about what I thought it was. I will make the corrections.

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JamesPriest2

Saint Marys, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Nov 16, 2020
Submitted on Nov 16, 2020

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