Syrphid Fly?
Location: North Andover, MA
April 20, 2012 5:19 pm
Hi Bugman,
I was watching a variety of bees buzzing around apple blossoms when I came across this guy. It looks more like a fly than a bee and I think I found the correct identification on your site.
I would like to know if my guess is correct.
Signature: Hikingmom

Flower Fly

Hi Roberta,
You are correct that this is a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many members of this family of harmless flies mimic stinging bees and wasps for protection.  We believe we have correctly identified your Flower Fly as
Helophilus fasciatus on BugGuide.

Flower Fly

Thanks Daniel : )
I don’t know how you manage to read so many emails!
Thanks for a great site!

Thanks Roberta,
We aren’t physically able to answer even a small percentage of the email requests we receive.  We cannot even read them all.  We try to choose the most interesting subject lines on days we are unable to respond to many requests.

Location: Massachusetts

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