Hoverfly

Hoverfly

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) resting on a poppy flower (Papaver rhoeas). This hoverfly mimics the appearence of a wasp. This deters predators, which associate black and yellow stripes with a wasp's painful sting. The hoverfly does not possess a sting, however. The mimicking of dangerous animals by harmless ones is known as Batesian mimicry. Photographed in the UK.

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