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Antennae:  Very short and with arista.

Eyes:  Close-set and large.

Wings:  Only two wings .

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Not a bee!

This is a Tawny-tailed Bee #Fly (Villa fulviana) from Mt. Rainier in Washington state. 

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Antennae:  Very short and with arista.

Eyes:  Close-set and large.

Wings:  Only two wings .

Halteres:  Modified hind wings.

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Not a bee!

This is an Eastern Calligrapher #Hoverfly (Toxomerus geminatus) from #Acadia National Park in Maine. Hoverflies are beneficial insects, as they are important pollinators.

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Antennae:  Very short and with an arista.

Eyes:  Close-set and large.

Mouthparts:  No mandibles.

Wings:  Only two wings.

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Not a bee!

This is a #Hoverfly (Mallota posticata) from Ole Bull State Park in Pennsylvania. Hoverflies are beneficial insects, as they are important pollinators.

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Antennae:  Quite long and elbowed.

Eyes:  Average in size, not close together

Mouthparts:  Mandibles & proboscis.

Pollen Basket:  For transporting pollen.

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It IS a bee!

This is a Brown-belted #bumblebee (Bombus griseocollis) from Rangeley, Maine. The pollen basket (area on rear legs for transporting pollen back to their nests) is the easy way to ID this one. Not all bee species have these (and in the species that do - it is only the females that have them) but there are no NON-bees that have them. SO, if you see a pollen basket - you've got a bee

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Elytra:  Wing coverings; modified 
forewings that protect the 
hindwings.

Antennae:  Very long, >half the body length.

Eyes:  Small, notched by antennae.

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Not a bee!

This is a #beetle ( a Locust Borer Longhorn Beetle (Megacyllene robiniae) from South County, New Jersey. Beetles are actually responsible for pollinating the largest percentage of flower species, but people rarely consider them to be pollinators.

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Antennae:  Rather short, not a bee.

Proboscis:  Does have a proboscis, but no mandibles.

Wings: only two wings.

Eyes: Large.

Mystax:  The wee beard above this roberfly's mouthparts.

Halteres:  Modified hindwings, they look like little knobs.

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Antennae:  Very short, with an arista.

Eyes: Very large eyes that make up most of the head

Wings: only two wings.

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Not a bee!

This is another #hoverfly - a Broad-banded Hornet Fly (Spilomyia alcimus) from Ole Bull StatePark in Pennsylvania. This #fly is clearly a #wasp #mimic - it looks a lot like a Yellow Jacket at first glance. Amazing!