Subject: bee indentification
Location: west bengal, india
December 24, 2014 9:57 am
i would love to know which bee it is. it looks like a mutated form of bee.regards.
Signature: sreeradha seth
Dear Sreeradha Seth,
This is not a bee, but rather a fly in the family Syrphidae that is mimicking a bee. Commonly called Flower Flies or Hover Flies, members of the family Syrphidae do not sting. Your individual looks very similar to this Flower Fly from India we posted in the spring. We were not successful with an identification to the species or genus level.
Thank you very much for identifying the bug. It was very helpful.