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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

Regal Blowfly

The Regal Blowfly is a medium-sized fly (wingspan approx. 16mm) from the Calliphoridae family of flies. Its scientific name is Chrysomya Marginalis. It has an orange head, red eyes and a metallic green body. They are similar to the banded blowflies in that they lay masses of eggs on freshly dead animals. In a day or two, the corpse will be covered in larvae (maggots) which will then migrate to the soil to pupate. The regal blowfly is very common and widespread in Africa. This photo was taken at Assegaaibosch Country Lodge (Kareedouw, South Africa)

Regal Blowfly

Flys Eyes

This is a macro shot of a fly’s compound eyes. This is Sarcophaga haemorrhoidalis the flesh eating fly. This fly often breeds in faeces and is often a transportation medium for diseases. Sarcophagidae is the dipteran family commonly known as flesh flies, comprising of approximately 2000 species. Many species of Sarcophagidae prefer to breed in carrion over other mediums, but there are several species that breed in dung. A large number of species are parasitoids or cleptoparasitoids and never breed in carrion. Sarcophagids are rather large in size ranging from 4 to 16 mm. Distinguishing characteristics include a checkerboard like pattern on the abdomen, stripes on the thorax and red eyes. Flesh flies are attracted to anything rotting, including faeces. Sarcophagidae are unimpeded by rain and fly in any weather. Because of this trait, Sarcophagidae will often be the first flies to colonize a corpse after an extended period of rain. Flesh flies appear to prefer sunlight over shaded conditions.

Flys Eyes