Marmalade Hoverfly

ハナアブ(益虫です)

1 October 2020, United Kingdom
Brilliant Bugs / Marmalade Hoverfly
design: Royal Mail Group / illustration: Richard Lewington
print process: Lithography

This one is a type of fly, which has two wings – and one of the important pollinators. It’s not only bees which help plants to grow and support our harvest. In addition to pollination, this type of fly eats sap-sucking Aphids, so it has other helpful uses.

ハチにしか見えないこの昆虫は、羽が2枚しかなく、ハエの仲間です。和名の「ハナアブ」に「アブ」とあって紛らわしいけれど、いわゆる「刺すアブ」ではなく、人に危害を加えないうえ、植物に住むアブラムシを捕食して花の受粉を助ける、益虫なのでした。

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