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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13 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Mimic

  1. I don’t care much for flies in general (tho’ I know they perform a useful function), but I’ve always liked these beauties with their precision flying.

  2. Have only noticed hover flies in the last couple of years, find them beautiful and I believe the larvae are predatory on things like aphids.

    • Hover flies are great! And yes, some are predators as larvae. We get them on the milkweed at work – bizarre looking little wormy things that don’t look like they should be predators, but then you see one scarf down an aphid. So cool!

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