Wing Veination of Bees, Wasps, and Fly

Lately, we’ve been looking at wing veination, or the shape of the veins on the wings, of bees, wasps, and flies. It’s been neat to see the differences and we thought we’d share. Some scientists (not us) can tell the race of a honeybee by its wing veination.

Honeybee wings
Wasp Wings
Fly wing

This tricky fly looks like a bee at first glance because of the stripes on its abdomen. However, it only has one set of wings, and has large fly-eyes. We know it is a fly rather than a bee or wasp.


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