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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
WannaBEE on purple verbana in

Verbena attracts a fall pollinator. This bee imposter lacks the fine hairs typical of bees. A smooth reflective body and aviator sunglasses indicate this clever pollinator is a flower fly (family Syrphidae). The bee mimicry deters predators.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Wheaton, Illinois, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Copyright: © Angie Daum