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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

Robber Fly

The Robber fly is from the order Diptera, Family Asilidae. They are predators to other bugs and are always wanting to devour large quantities of food. They mostly prey on other insects and are capable of attacking and killing bees, wasps, dragonflies, grasshoppers and even spiders. They tend to feed on whatever insects happen to be available in a particular area.
When hunting, the robber fly finds a perching location in order to locate suitable prey. Once located, robber flies catch their prey in mid air. They inject their prey with saliva from their proboscis. The saliva contains neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes. The neurotoxins paralyze the prey and the proteolytic enzymes digest proteins in the body tissues. The robber fly will then return to its perch and consume the liquidized body tissues of the prey.

Robber Fly