Subject: need help identification,
Location: Saugus, California,
August 12, 2012 6:34 pm
I found this weird insect on the kitchen cabinet today, It looked like a bee but also look like a fly. It is about half an inch long and about a size of a bee. It had the yellow and black stripes on it like a bee, but doesn’t have that one fuzzy abdomen or fuzz at all like a honey bee or a bumble bee. It also had no antennas, but what really got me is the eyes were on top of its head close together like they were touching, and they were big and round like balls, but they had tons of small yellow stripes.
I wasn’t sure if I should look under bee or fly for identifying it,
Unfortunately it got away so I couldn’t get a picture but I used photoshop and drew the best i can of it.
Please respond if you can,
We love your drawing. We believe that based on your interpretive drawing, your excellent description and your location that you discovered a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, a family that includes many member that mimic bees and wasps. Furthermore, we are quite confident that it is Eristalinus taeniops, a species with no common name. According to BugGuide, it is: ” A widespread Old World species introduced to California.”