Subject: What is this little guy?
Geographic location of the bug: Marysville, WA
Time: 07:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I saw this guy hanging out around my pineapple mint last July. Do you know what it is? It’s surprisingly beautiful whatever it is!
How you want your letter signed: Melissa C.
This is a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, but we are uncertain of the species. Many members of this family are effective mimics of stinging wasps and bees, so the otherwise harmless Flower Flies benefit from this protective mimicry.