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The Hover Fly

Hover FlyThis insect gets its name due to its characteristic flight pattern. They tend to hover in one spot, then suddenly move, and stop again. However it's not their movements that make them so interesting, but rather their appearance. At first glance, it's extremely simple to mistake this fly for a bee or a wasp, as it has distinctive yellow and black patterns to its main body. Warning signs in the animal kingdom!

The hover fly is a mimic and can even mock the action of a sting. They are however harmless. At a length of 1-1.5cm, they are a small fly, but a big pollinator of plants and flowers!

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