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hoverfly is different?

 
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reyden19



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:20 pm    Post subject: hoverfly is different? Reply with quote

hoverfly is different from bees right?
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Geoff F



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes.

Hoverflies have much shorter antennae and the waist isn't constricted like bees and wasps. Although this 'waist' might not be obvious with some forms of 'hairy' bees.

A lot of other differences but these need closer examination.
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Tony White



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another major difference is that bees are 4-winged whereas hoverflies, being diptera, are two-winged. Oddly enough, when I began studying hoverflies, I found that this was not obvious in the field.
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reyden19



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: thanks Reply with quote

I appreciate it.Yes.
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amyshermangun



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoverflies look a lot like bees, right down to the stripes and markings on their bodies. They are excellent pollinators but, unlike bees, they are also predators.
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