Subject: Wasp maybe?
Location: Boise, Idaho
October 12, 2013 3:41 pm
I was photographing bees on Aster flowers and found this guy roaming around too. He kinda looks like a yellow jacket or wasp, but I can’t find out what exactly. I’m sure one of you would know right away.
Signature: John Howe
This is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many members in the family are amazingly effective mimics of wasps and bees. We believe your Hover Fly is in the genus Spilomyia, based on photos posted to BugGuide which indicates they can be identified as being “Very convincing mimics of wasps: pattern of pigment on eyes hides ‘fly eyes’; ‘V’ mark on thorax (scutum, in front of scutellum); short antennae.” Our best guess is that this is Spilomyia foxleei based on photos posted to BugGuide.