Hover fly

Hover fly

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Credit: LOUIS QUITT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hover fly. Macrophotograph of a hover fly (family Syrphidae) on a flower. Its black and yellow stripes mimic the warning colours of a poisonous bee or wasp, which predators avoid. This type of mimicry, in which the mimic does not possess the beneficial attributes of its model, is known as Batesian mimicry. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, batesian mimicry, daisy, flower, hover fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, macrophotograph, mimic, nature, syrphidae, wildlife, zoology

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