Tag: mimicry

Winner of the Actual ESA Limerick Contest

We had a lot of fun making naughty limericks up at the Bug Blog, but I thought people might be interested in the actual winner of the REAL Entomological Society of America (Not-At-All-Ribald-Please-Keep-It-Clean) Limerick contest. The winning […]


Well, job continues to kick my butt, so it looks like I’ll be offline for another couple of weeks. Here’s another pretty photo to brighten up the place.  This is a wonderful bee-mimic robberfly  (Asilidae) […]

Insect leaf mimics

Another busy day, so how about some more pretty photos? A collection of animal camouflage. Can you spot the mimic? An amazing collection of insect crypsis, including some videos. Enjoy!

Not A Bee FAIL #2

Ugh. Almost half of the “bees” in this honeybee news story slideshow are, in fact, flies. I’m really hoping that these are photos contributed by the public, and not part of the original article. Sigh. […]

Out Sick

Ugh. Sinus Infection. Antibiotics making me sicker. How about another cute photo of a bee fly to tide you over until I am upright again? (Diptera: Bombyliidae, Bombylius major ) Thanks Maxi Millipede for the […]

Not A Bee: FAIL

See, this is why knowing your bees from bee mimics is important– You don’t want to have a snarky entomologist like me point out that your website about bees is prominently featuring….a syrphid FLY. Not […]

Things that aren’t bees (#3)

Here’s one of my favorite bee mimics–the bee fly, Family Bombyliidae.  These little balls of fuzz are amazing flyers, able to hover at will.  They typically don’t land on a flower while feeding, but hang […]

Things that aren’t bees (#2)

Yesterday, I discussed a common group of flies that mimic bees and wasps. Here’s a more challenging mimic. This one is also a fly, but a pretty convincing fake bumble bee! In fact, there is […]

Things that aren’t bees (#1)

I get a lot of “what is that?!” questions, and I thought it would be fun to have a series of things that look like bees and wasps, but are not bees or wasps. There […]