Is a Bee Fly
a) a type of bee?
b) a type of fly?
c) neither of the above
The diminutive mauve flower is Small Herb Robert and it has been attracting the little Bee Flies. As their name suggests they are flies that have evolved to protect themselves by looking like bees. Whenever you come across an animal that seems to have two contradictory names the second name tells you what it is and the first name tells you what it resembles (although there are probably exceptions to the rule). Thus a Whale Shark is a shark that resembles a whale and a Curlew Sandpiper is a sandpiper that looks like a curlew and not the other way around.
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