Location: North Andover, MA
April 20, 2012 5:19 pm
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.
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.
Thanks Daniel : )
I don’t know how you manage to read so many emails!
Thanks for a great site!
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.