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Poppy and Hover Fly

The red-flowered corn poppy or Papaver rhoeas is the poppy of wartime remembrance. This poppy is a common weed in Europe and is found in many locations, including Flanders, the setting of the famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” by the Canadian surgeon and soldier John McCrae. This hover fly, sitting on a poppy, was taken in Derby England.

Poppy Flower and Bee

Honey Bee Mimic

The Honey Bee Mimic comes from the Family Syrphidae and the Order Diptera. It forms part of the Hover Fly Group with its scientific name being Eristalinus Taeniops. It is identified by being a medium sized bee mimic with black bars on its eyes, a dull orange thorax and a yellow and black striped abdomen. If it is caught, it buzzes aggressively but is completely harmless as it has no sting. They are widespread in Africa and Asia.

Honey Bee Mimic