Bumblebees (Image 1) are valuable pollinators that can sting. The two predatory flies shown here (Images 2 and 3) are bee mimics. This is done to fool potential prey or their own predators.
Characteristics for Separating Look-A-Likes from the Real Thing
|Bumblebee||Robber Fly||Hover Fly|
|Concavity between eyes||N||Y||N|
|Long, elbowed antennae||Y||N||N|
|Claws on foot||Y||N||N|
|Fleshy foot pads||N||Y||Y|