One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hoverfly that resembles a honeybee. Its larva is the rat-tailed maggot.
Eristalis tenax, family Syrphidae
- ‘Rat-tailed maggots are the larvae of the drone fly and, in order to pupate the larvae, look for a dry place and start migrating.’
- ‘The most common impostors are the syrphid flies: nectar-loving hover flies, drone flies and more.’
- ‘The drone fly was introduced into North America sometime prior to 1874.’
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