Hover fly, Syrphus sp., in stationary flight

Hover fly, Syrphus sp., in stationary flight

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hover fly. Hover fly, Syrphus sp., in stationary flight. The hover fly family, Syrphidae, is one of the largest fly families, containing several thousand species. Hover fly adults live on the nectar produced by flowers. Although harmless, their prominent orange and black stripes give them a superficial resemblance to wasps or bees that can sting. This mimicry deters potential predators.

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Keywords: animal, fly, hover, hover fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mimicry, nature, syrphus sp., wildlife, zoology

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