Friday, 2 July 2010

Bee Mimic


I don't think i've looked so closely at everything that flies around so at YSP i'm discovering all sorts of beautiful insects.

This image is of a bee mimic (a fly in a bee suit) so that predators think it's more dangerous than it really is and therefore avoid it and don't eat it: Batesian Mimicry.

At a flash glance this fly really looked like a bee - it's only when looking closer that you see it's not.
A couple of ways to tell (i've been told) are that bees have 4 wings and elbowed antennae, but flies only have 2 wings and short stubby antennae.

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