The Drone Fly

Drone flies are a type of fly that are known for their unique ability to hover in mid-air. Drone flies are found all over the world, and there are over 5,000 species of them.

Drone flies are relatively small, with most species measuring less than 1/2 inch in length. They have large, compound eyes that give them a wide field of vision. Drone flies also have a long proboscis, which they use to feed on nectar and pollen.

Drone flies are important pollinators of many plants. They are also a food source for other animals, such as birds and spiders. Drone flies are generally harmless to humans, but some species can bite if they are disturbed.

Here are some interesting facts about drone flies:
  • Drone flies can hover in mid-air by beating their wings very rapidly. They can also fly forward, backward, and sideways.
  • Drone flies are attracted to bright colours, such as yellow and orange.
  • Drone flies play an important role in the ecosystem by pollinating plants.
  • Some species of drone flies can mimic the appearance and behavior of bees and wasps. This helps them to avoid predators.
  • Drone flies have been used in scientific research to study pollination and other ecological processes.

How to identify drone flies:

Drone flies are typically smaller than bees and wasps, and they have longer legs. They also have a characteristic "hunched" posture when they are hovering. Drone flies can be found in a variety of habitats, including gardens, meadows, and forests.

How to attract drone flies to your garden:

If you want to attract drone flies to your garden, you can plant flowers that are bright in colour and have a strong scent. Drone flies are also attracted to water, so you can put out a shallow dish of water for them to drink.

Drone flies are fascinating creatures that play an important role in the ecosystem. By learning more about drone flies, we can appreciate them even more.