Imitating wasps but a sting we have not,
bright bands warn without being caught.
Given a fly’s head and large eyes to spy,
unlike a wasps’ four, two wings to fly.
Hovering around flowers, nectar we seek,
much like bees pollinating, yet so meek.
Our larvae feed on aphids, save your crop,
in being beneficial we’re right at the top.
So next time we hover, please don’t swat,
we work so hard for you, give it a thought.
Welcome us in gardens of fragrant flowers,
For a world you call yours, is as much ours!
[Featuring: Hoverfly (Family: Syrphidae), enticed by flowers of the Tulsi or Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum); Mumbai]
– Narendra Nayak © 2020