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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Band-eyed Drone Fly

Afrikaans name:

Photo © Steven Herbert

Eristalinus taeniops

This little insect has the most amazing eyes which are barred in black and yellow!

The Band-eyed Drone Fly apparently prefers white and yellow flowers (which doesn't explain why I found my one on a pinkish-red flower).

Although it looks like a bee this insect is harmless.

Amazingly this little creature is found across Africa and even in parts of Europe and Asia. It has been introduced into North America.


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