July 23, 2023
- as seen by -Byron Towles
A harmless hover fly of the Syrphidae family caught my eye one morning in the New York Botanical Garden. Its coloration and the patterns of its body have evolved to mimic a stinging bee or wasp, allowing it to feed on flower nectar without fear of predation by most predators. Like bees, they are beneficial as pollinators.
Yellow-on-yellow made for a sunny photo as well as a bit of camouflage for this insect.
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Canon EOS 50D with Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens