Subject: hovering green fly
Location: south florida
March 4, 2014 4:54 pm
greeting and salutations!
it took me about 100 shots but I finally was able to get a decent photo of this hovering fly. there were several at the location and they would bumble around each other in small tight circles. the location is central south florida. growing up we always had these flies. I don’t think we ever had a name for them. do you know what it is?
Signature: many thanks! -cassi lou
Dear cassi lou,
This is a Carpenter Bee, and we suspect that based on the golden eyes and the behavior you describe, which sounds like that of a male Carpenter Bee staking out territory and waiting for a mate, this is indeed a male Carpenter Bee. It sure looks like this gorgeous Xylocopa micans or Southern Carpenter Bee that is pictured on BugGuide.