Subject: a bee I can’t identify
Location: San Diego, CA
January 5, 2015 4:34 pm
while I was at work on a job site here in Chula Vista, CA (San Diego county) my Co worker pulled up in his work van and I noticed what looked like a bee in the door crack. I really took notice when I was trying to see what kind of bee it was and it’s eyes were a metallic gold with black stripes. I got the best picture of it I could have. the pictures doesn’t capture the metallic of they eyes but you can see how they are striped. I Googled like crazy looking for this insect and started to think I found a new bee. please help me identify this as I have never seen anything like it before. thanks
This is not a Bee. It is a Fly in the family Syrphidae, and the members of the family are called Hover Flies or Flower Flies. Many Hover Flies mimic bees and wasps as a means of protection. Masquerading as a stinging insect is beneficial for the harmless fly. We believe your Hover Fly is Eristalinus taeniops, a species that is “A widespread Old World species introduced to California” according to BugGuide.
Thank you so much for clarifying this I kinda had a feeling it might have been a fly because when I poke it with a stick it really didn’t move or seem aggressive.