Subject: Bee mimic
Location: Dixon, CA
May 6, 2016 3:39 pm
Hello Mr. Bugman,
I took this attached photo a couple days ago and thought you might like it. This particular critter was hanging out on a crape myrtle leaf in my backyard. I found its wings to be quite pretty!
Many Hover Flies or Flower Flies in the family Syrphidae mimic wasps and bees for protection. The flies are perfectly harmless, but they benefit from mimicking stinging insects. We believe your Hover Fly may be in the genus Syrphus based on images posted to BugGuide.