Good News Bee

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  West Chester, PA
Date: 08/07/2021
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this bug today, and I have never seen it before. It flew very strangely compared to other bees. Does it sting?
How you want your letter signed:  Julia

Yellowjacket Hover Fly

Dear Julia,
This is a Yellowjacket Hover Fly, also known as a Good News Bee.  Hover Flies neither sting nor bite, however, they do mimic the stinging Yellowjacket to discourage predators

Yellowjacket Hover Fly appearing dead

It is somewhat troubling to us that this harmless creature is alive in one image, and appears dead in the second.  It is our mission to educate the public about insects and other things that crawl, and since the Yellowjacket Hover Fly is harmless, we consider this to be an example of Unnecessary Carnage.



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