09.05.2021 Lovely Mimic

One should be careful what you swat.  I bet your first impulse is that this is a scary wasp or hornet and a threat.  That was mine too. But it is a Hoverfly mimicking a hornet.

Eastern Hornet Fly-Spilomyia longicornis.

I thought this was a wasp or hornet until noticing the antennae which are fly like…shorter than a Hymenoptera’s would be.  A head on shot to truly appreciate those beautiful eyes would have been ice but wasn’t possible.

I was really happy this one decided to drop by while I was shooting something else. Thank you peripheral vision.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 09.05.2021 Lovely Mimic

  1. I’ve seen my share of mimics but have never even heard of this one. I’d have mistaken it for a yellowjacket or paper wasp.

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  2. WOW!! good for you..I could have killed it, thinking it was a wasp!!!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Good eye, Steve. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like this. Love those jazzy eyes!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    The intricacy of the designs on some of these insects is amazing. The head of this one is particularly striking; its design is almost Aztec-like — or something.

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    I am glad you didn’t strike this very striking hover fly. Question. Would you really swat a hornet or wasp? I would be too frightened to do so in case I missed and the creature took revenge.

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    • Nope. I don’t kill anything, aside from mosquitoes or ticks, if I can help it. We catch various insects in the house (even flies) and escort them back outdoors except for the spiders that we allow to stay as they keep down the littler pests. I will wave at them to keep them away if necessary. In my case it is acceptance that stops me rather than fear. I have good aim.

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      • Gallivanta says:

        Yes, my preference is to let the bugs get on with their own lives but, spiders do dice with death in my house. If they are minding their own business, I may leave them alone or escort them outside but, if I find them in my bed, I have no mercy. I, too, have good aim. Our spiders are not particularly poisonous but I haven’t forgotten the shock/surprise of being bitten by a spider when I was about 7.

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      • Childhood experiences do shape our adulthood. I’ve never found one in my bed so can’t say how I’d react. Probably depends on whether I was in it too.

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  6. Very nice Steve! Never saw one of these before! I would have thought it was a wasp!

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    Great capture of the wasp-like hoverfly, Steve! As it often happens to us, you search for one thing and find another.

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  8. I also have hoverflies that mimic honeybees. There are so many species of them!

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