Subject: Yellow Jacktet Hover Fly
Location: Pittsburg, PA
September 10, 2013 10:08 am
Not a question, just sending for your info, as I couldn’t find a sighting that wasn’t in a southern state. I wrote you before I figured out what he was. Once I had, it did it was from southern states, and I’m in Pittsburgh, PA. I’ve lived here 8 years and never saw him until this spring, and since then he visited me every day. Today he was on my hand and other areas repeatedly, and for long periods. Glad I knew by then he wasn’t a very large hornet!
Thanks for sending us your fun photo of a Yellow Jacket Hover Fly, Milesia virginiensis. Though most of our submissions are from the south, BugGuide lists the range as extending even further north than Pittsburgh. We love the common name Good News Bee which you can read about on Beautiful Wildlife Garden.