The Bee Fly, a “Bombylius major”, mimics a bee by taking nectar and pollinating flowers. Being stingless and gain protection with similar colors of a bee.
The Bee Fly
Non stinging insects such as the bee fly, hover fly and robber flies.
They mimic the bees behavior and in this way they gain protection, as they almost look like bees and copy the bees behavior.
This fly copies the bees by obtaining nectar and pollinating the flowers as well.
Note its long legs and proboscis that is inserted into the flower for the nectar.
The fly has a hairy body and is similar to color of the bees.
The bees colors(yellow and black) show insects that they are willing to protect themselves,
in this way the fly gains its protection.
I wondered what this insect was, so when I was looking for a species of a bee I found this information.
Apparently bees are also mimicked by plants such as the bee orchid, which imitates both the appearance and the pheromone of a female bee, male bees attempt to mate with the furry lip of the flower, thus pollinating it.
A lot of insects forage on flowers.