Subject: Bee or wasp, Tampa, FL
Location: Tampa, Florida
April 8, 2016 8:50 am
Tried finding this online with no results. Looks similar to a yellow jacket, but orange and yellow and black instead of just yellow and black.
This is neither a Yellow Jacket nor a Bee, but it is a very effective mimic of both. This is a Yellow Jacket Hover Fly or Good News Bee, Milesia virginiensis, a species of Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae. Though they mimic stinging insects, Hover Flies neither sting nor bite. Pure Florida has a wonderful article on Hover Flies that is illustrated with images of a Yellow Jacket Hover Fly.