Fly on Little Ladies Tresses
Location: Sayville, NY
August 25, 2011 9:02 am
I located a small stand of Spiranthes tuberosa in Sayville, New York. I noticed this beautiful little fly sucking nectar from the the orchids. The fly didn’t seem to favor any of the other flowering plants in the area. What is this fly? There were several of these flys on the orhids. Thanks!
We recognized this individual as a Bee Fly in the family Bombyliidae, but we did not recognize the species. We quickly browsed through the possibilities and identified it as Peocilognathus unmaculatus on BugGuide.