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Posts Tagged: Eristalis tenax

Do You Know Me?

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sips nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The drone fly is an identity thief. It's often mistaken for a honey bee. Hey, isn't every floral visitor a bee? No, not by a long shot. One's a fly and one's a bee. That came to mind last weekend when we saw a large  number of honey bees (Apis...

Posted on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

A Bee Is a Bee Is a Bee,,,

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, heading toward a Cosmos. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If poet Gertrude Stein were alive today, she might say "A bee is a bee is a bee" instead of "a rose is a rose is a rose." Or, she might say "A fly is a fly is a fly." Oh, my. That's because major corporations, news media and...

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:35 PM

About Those Drones,,,

A drone fly, Eristalis tenax, foraging on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Everyone's talking about the drones. You know, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Those flying robots cruising over our heads--some with cameras for journalistic and research purposes and others with "need-to-know" purposes. But in the entomological...

Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Drone Acrobatics

A drone fly, aka hover fly and syrphid fly, engaging in a little acrobatics  over an Iceland poppy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The drone fly, aka European hover fly, aka syrphid fly, doesn't get as much press as the other drone, the unmanned aircraft. But the drone fly (Eristalis tenax), about the size of a honey bee and often mistaken for a honey bee, makes for great in-flight...

Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM

A Fly Is a Fly Is a Fly

Drone fly, Eristalis tenax, sipping nectar from a Mexican sunflower, Tithonia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A bee is a bee is a bee is a bee. 'Cept when it's a fly. Lately we've been seeing lots of images on social media (including Facebook and Twitter), news media websites, and stock photo sites of "honey bees."  But they're actually...

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

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