Subject: SO curious…
Location: Santa Cruz, Ca.
November 10, 2014 12:46 am
I found this insect drinking nectar with the honey bees in my garden. While my husband cannot see a difference between it and the bees, I see several differences. (If even sounds different when it flies.) It was spotted in Santa Cruz, California in early November. Please enlighten me!
You are quite observant. We especially like your image of the Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax, with the Honey Bee it mimics in the background. Drone Flies are in the family Syrphidae and they do not bite nor sting. See BugGuide for an excellent comparison image.