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Jul 31, 2010 9:04 PM

Hoverfly: Volucella Bombylans

I assume I have the particular ID correct to my hoverfly which I stealthily encouraged to climb aboard my index digit while it was busily preening itself on a leaf...

 

What intrigues me is that this fly is reputed to be mimicing a Bubble Bee.

 

But, like that everlasting conundrum "Which came first the chicken or the egg"...

 

Could it be the other way round where the Bubble Bee is, in evolved terms, copying the fly that had its woolly stripey coat before the Bubble Bee ever did?

 

"Charles Darwin...What say you?"

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