Odd bee out

One of these bees is not like the others.

I first thought this might be a native bee, but after a little research I think this one might be a hover fly (Syrphidae)  not a bee.

I must admit I my knowledge of insects is limited. I’d not heard the term hover fly before. And I didn’t know that they are quite beneficial to the garden, even if they aren’t bees. They help with pollination and even eat aphids. They are called hover flies because it’s what they do – hover. They hover in the one spot, move suddenly forwards or sideways, and then hover again. Fascinating.


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