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8 uncanny animal lookalikes

By: Anna Norris on Nov. 5, 2013, 10 a.m.
A two-paneled image with a honey bee on top and a fly drone on a bottom

Photo: Fischer.H [CC by SA-4.0]/Wikimedia Commons; Alvesgaspar [CC by SA-3.0]/Wikimedia Commons

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Honey bees and drone flies

Drone flies (pictured on the bottom) fool more people than you might think, especially when observed from a distance as they roam near flowers, covered in pollen. Native to Europe, the species now finds its home in North America as well, so be on the lookout for these distinguishing features: one set of wings, as opposed to the honey bee's two; short, stubby antennae; larger eyes and thinner legs. Another example of Batesian mimicry, the harmless drone fly benefits from looking like the stinging honey bee.