wooly bear hover fly (eristalis flavipes)?
August 20, 2009
Found at 8700′ elevation on the summit of Robinson Peak in Washington’s Pasayten Wilderness
8700′ Pasayten Wilderness WA
We looked on BugGuide, and we believe your identification of a Woolly Bear Hover Fly, Eristalis flavipes, is correct. The species mimics Bumble Bees in appearance and behavior.
Correction by Eric Eaton
August 29, 2009
… Thanks for the prompt. I do have a couple other corrections: …
The “woolly bear hover fly” is actually something much more uncommon: one of the bot flies that afflicts horses or deer or sheep. I’ll try to get my friend Jeff Boettner to investigate, as he knows that family very well. Meanwhile, if the person wants to submit the image to Bugguide, that would be great. There are precious few images anywhere of these insects. …