Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Mimic

When I was in Asheville, NC a few weeks ago for a conference, I had an opportunity to wander the grounds of the NC Arboretum for an hour one day.  I was photographing flowers when I saw this land on a marigold right in front of me:

Yellowjacket hover fly

Yellow jacket hover fly, Milesia virginiensis

A huge, yellow jacket mimicking hover fly!  I was thrilled to see it.  What an absolutely spectacular creature!


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