North Dorset Nature – The Drone Fly

Nick Crump chats to Mariko Whyte about the life of the drone fly, describing what they look like and how they mimic bees.

They are one type of the hover fly family that can be seen hovering, perfectly stabilised in the air, but dart off very fast to scare away any other flying insect that comes near.

A drone fly

The flies have a fascinating breathing tube in the larval stage, like a snorkel to breathe whilst under water.