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It can be hard to distinguish bees from all the other insects out there that look like bees.

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Mullerian mimicry: a type of mimicry in which two or more animals with defenses develop similar appearances as a shared protective device
Batesian mimicry: a type of mimicry in which an animal with no defenses is protected by its resemblance to an animal capable of defense

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Dyer, F., Jan 2017, personal communication.

Franks, D. W. and Noble, J., (2002). The origins of mimicry rings. Standish, R. K., Bedau, M. A. and Abbass, H. A.(eds.) In Artificial Life VIII: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Artificial Life. MIT Press., pp. 186-191. http://alife8.alife.org/proceedings/sub2852.pdf

Pasteur, G., (1982). A classificatory review of mimicry systems. Annual Review of Ecology & Systematics, 13: 169–199.
Rettenmeyer, C.W., (1970). Insect Mimicry. Annual Review of Entomology 15: 43-74. http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.en.15.010170.000355.

Wilson, J., Jan 2017, personal communication.

Image Credits:
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) - Charles James Sharp

Sugar bag bee - Graham Wise

Agapostemon virescens - Susan Ellis

Amegilla cingulata bee - Chiswick Chap

Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) - Francis C. Franklin

Eumeninae Wasp - Joaquim Alves Gaspar

Sesia apiformis - Gyorgy Csoka

Lunate Blister Beetle - Bernard DUPONT

Plain Lacewing (Cethosia hypsea) caterpillar - Bernard Dupont

Nymph of Green Milkweed Locust (Phymateus viridipes) - Bernard DUPONT

Eristalis tenax - Wilder Kaiser

Yellow Jacket Wasp - Wikimedia user Bombman356

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