Subject: What’s this bug?
August 24, 2017 1:44 am
Can you tell me what type of bug this is? Photographed in Israel, August (Summer), may be obvious but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.
Any help appreciated
This is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many members of the family mimic stinging bees and wasps. Your individual is an effective mimic of Thread-Waisted Wasps. Though they look like stinging insects, Hover Flies are perfectly harmless, since they neither sting nor bite. Hover Flies are beneficial in the garden. Adults pollinate flowers and Syrphid larvae feed on Aphids.