This rose has a hitchhiker

This rose has a hitchhiker on one of its petals. What looks like a small bee is actually a hoverfly. No, it is not a sweat bee, although many call it that. Hoverflies only have two wings. (Bees have four wings) It does like sweat on humans, and is also a great pollinator.

 

31 thoughts on “This rose has a hitchhiker

  1. We have various species of hoverfly in the UK. When we cpme across one, we try this trick: approach and hold out a single finger, remaining quite still. 5 times out of 10, the hoverfly will come and perch on the tip of the finger! I have no idea why they do this unless they are checking out this unusual “flower” for pollen!

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  2. Fascinating that we live amidst so many beautiful creatures. Be it that pretty rose, the sweet hoverfly or the wonderful human who captured this ๐Ÿ˜‰ THIS is the real wonder of co-existence! Weโ€™re so diverse, yet need each other in so many ways.
    Those guys are good pollinators, you say? Then canโ€™t wait to see that pretty roseโ€™s children! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿค๐ŸŒน

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