Bee Fly or Kanye West Imitator?
January 26, 2010
Here I am again with a bug I can’t identify. My first thought is that is was a bee, but maybe it’s a bee fly instead? It didn’t hover around between flowers like a regular honey bee, and when it left the plant, it flew fast and straight right past my ear. I didn’t notice a bee’s buzz when this happened. Any ideas?
Though it very closely mimics a Honey Bee, your fly, Eristalinus taeniops, is actually a Syrphid Fly in the family Syrphidae. Syrphid Flies are also known as Flower Flies or Hover Flies. According to BugGuide, your Syrphid Fly has only been reported from California.
As usual, thank you so very much. I did look around at whatsthatbug.com and at bugguide.net and didn’t find anything. Glad to know that I’m getting better at figuring out the difference between bees and their imitating fly counterparts.