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Hoverfly

Hoverfly

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HEATH MCDONALD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY HEATH MCDONALD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Close-up view of a hoverfly (Melanostoma species) resting on a grass head in a dry limestone grassland habitat on an early morning in late summer. Hoverflies are named for their ability to hover in air by beating their wings rapidly. Its black and yellow stripes mimic the warning colours of a bee or wasp, which predators avoid. This type of mimicry is known as Batesian mimicry. Photographed in Somerset, UK, in September.

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