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Bug of the Week: Answer to the Pollinator Quiz

No one was fooled by the mystery pollinator last week.

Although it looks like honey bee, it is actually a flower fly.

This is a honey bee.

The flower fly is a honey bee mimic. If you look closely, the real honey bee has longer antennae, and has four wings rather than two.

Honey bees also have large flattened areas on their hind legs called pollen baskets.

Another difference is that honey bees collect and carry pollen on purpose, whereas flower flies feed on nectar and are accidental pollen carriers.

Regardless, they are both fun to watch!

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