• One pair of wings
  • Relatively hairless
  • Large, bulging eyes that cover most or all of the head
  • Short, stubby antennae

Some flies are bee mimics. They can be distinguished from bees by their single pair of wings, and their notably bulging eyes and short antennae. Flies do not actively collect pollen, and lack pollen-collecting hairs. They will visit flowers to drink nectar, though, and may thus act as pollinators. While some plant species have evolved to rely on flies for pollination, most plants are better pollinated by bees.

Fly Fly

Photo by Jeremy Hemberger

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