A handsome dronefly

Eristalis tenax
This is Eristalis tenax, the introduced European dronefly. It’s widely established here in the Eastern US, and I think it’s very handsome on our thistles. However, don’t read the wikipedia page…
Eristalis tenax
And look at all the pollen! I wonder how effective these guys are at pollination…
Eristalis tenax
Eristalis tenax
Foreground florets
Eristalis tenax
Fly butt
Eristalis tenax
This is a great opportunity to point out one of the difference between bees and these bee mimics (flies). You can see how different the antennae are from a bees…flies like this one have what are called aristae, or hair like antennae.


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