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Female drone fly on mullein leaf. The females’ eyes are clearly separated while the males eyes meet. 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.
Spotted on Jul 3, 2016
Submitted on Jul 16, 2016