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Bee/Fly with Yellow Striped Eyes?
March 30, 2010
Saw this on the patio a couple days ago. Thought it was a bee at first, but the yellow striped eyes were pronounced. It’s about the size of a common bee or fly. Do you have any idea what this might be or what would cause the markings on the eyes?
Kyle B.
Long Beach, California

Flower Fly

Dear Kyle,
Though it resembles a bee, your fly is not a Bee Fly.  It is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae.  The species Eristalinus taeniops, is only reported from California on BugGuide.

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18 Responses to Flower Fly: Eristalinus taeniops

  1. Michael McIntyre says:

    8/25/2016 We just found one in our yard in Rancho Cucamonga Cal.

  2. Donatello says:

    I just took a few pictures of one in south Florida!!

  3. Matthew Pankratz says:

    Just saw one in West Florida

  4. Victoria K. Begley says:

    Scored a pic of this fly in Riverside, CA. Wow! Like something from Sci-Fi

  5. M.R. says:

    I saw one on my porch in Long Beach,CA.

  6. Rocky says:

    I photoed one in my garden. In Shillong, Meghalaya, India.

  7. B.Whool says:

    Found one floating in our pool in Covina,CA.

  8. Angelo Nardoni says:

    I photoed one in Roma, Italy. At the public park.

    • bugman says:

      According to BugGuide: “A widespread Old World species introduced to California and Florida” so finding one in Rome would support its European range.

  9. Genilene says:

    I took photo of one in Gauteng, South Africa the other day.

  10. Andre says:

    I took a pboto of one in Johannesburg South Africa

  11. Lindsey Kao says:

    5/25/2019,We just saw in our garden.

  12. Karien Jansen says:

    I took fotos of one sleeping on a leaf of my Bougainvilla in my garden in Potchefstroom, North-west Province, South Africa last night.

  13. Haitham Altahan says:

    just took a photo of the same fly in my garden in Syria Damascus suburb – Annabk

  14. I also clicked a picture near Pacific ocean ensenada Baja California mexico

  15. Megan says:

    Saw one in my garden yesterday. Altadena, CA. Thought it was a bee, then noticed it’s crazy eyes. Definitely mesmerizing, for sure.

  16. Jesse Blakely says:

    For work I hydro-jet sewer lines. Most of the times when I’m jetting over a open manhole one Flower Fly enterS the manhole and hover there. This is in the city of Costa Mesa.

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