Honey Bees Mating

Honey bees mating

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These honey bees were at it for several minutes, buzzing loudly whilst mating on top of a water butt in our front garden.

Honey bees mating

Honey bees mating

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5 Comments

by Rob Deady on 10 June 2020 Reply
They don't "do it" as such. There was likely at some point in time a random hoverfly offspring that somewhat resembled a hoverfly....Perhaps it had a splurge of that aposematic colouration (might not have been perfect at the time). Predators though mostly avoided it, rather not taking the chance to eat it as it "might" have a sting. That random mutation just got expressed through generations or rather honed & selected through natural selection. Read about it. Darwin is fascinating 😀. Ignore the other post from the random Entomologist. It's likely he gets more of an ego trip out of being right rather than educating.
by Rob Deady on 09 June 2020 Reply
Not bees but bumblebee mimic that fooled you :P

Merodon equestris Male and female mate :)

by John Swindells on 10 June 2020 Reply
This insect mimicry is amusing! I wonder why they do it.
by Entomologist on 26 September 2016 Reply
Many flies mimic bees to gain protection from predators, but they do an even better job at fooling photographers who should do their homework before posting erroneous captions.
by FaithInNature on 17 January 2014 Reply
Wow, a lot of pics. but I'm afraid these are flies camouflaged as Honey Bees. Many flies pollinate plants too though. :)
by johnny cash on 21 February 2012 Reply
those are flies not bees

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