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Hover fly on Agastache

Hover flies are true flies, not bees. Flies have one pair of wings, and bees have two. If you can get them to hold still for a moment, you can easily see the difference. Hover flies are excellent pollinators and have the ability to remain seemingly motionless in mid-air. Many insects, including the one below, have developed markings that make them look like bees–mimicry that protects them from some predators.

Hover fly on agastache. Photo by the author.

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