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?
Long Beach, California
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.