Bee or Fly? The picture below is of a Hoverfly. People often misidentify Hoverflies as Australian native bees, particularly the darker coloured species. Other than the shape of the head, an easy feature to tell a fly from a bee is wing number. Bees have four wings, while flies only have two (a single pair). Hoverflies (also called Flower Flies) are collectively the second most important group of pollinators on the planet, after bees! As well as the Hoverflies, there are many other fly families with species that are pollinators.
Bee or Fly?
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These are a collection of posts that have appeared on the Bee Aware Brisbane Facebook page over the last couple of years.