All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Flower Fly</strong> 
<em>Milesia virginiensis</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
This large, colorful fly(a.k.a. Syrphid fly)  would hover motionless other than the blur of its' wings. When it landed on these leaves I was able to quickly snap this picture. ...
Flower Fly
Milesia virginiensis
Oak Ridge, TN
This large, colorful fly(a.k.a. Syrphid fly) would hover motionless other than the blur of its' wings. When it landed on these leaves I was able to quickly snap this picture. The larvae of these flies look a bit like strange caterpillars. Some hover flies look a lot like bees, but they don't sting. When one animal looks like another similar, but unrelated animal, it is called "mimicry". A bird, thinking this fly was a bee, would not eat it.

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