Subject: death valley bee
Location: Darwin Falls, west of Death Valley National Park, CA
March 24, 2017 6:50 pm
Can you identify this bee (or fly)? I think the flower it is on is a Desert Gold (Geraea canescens) bush located in the western side of Death Valley National Park, near the Panamint Resort area.
Signature: Bonnie Borucki
This is a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many members of the family mimic bees and wasps for protection. Harmless insects benefit from being confused with stinging insects. We imagine you were in Death Valley during the peak bloom. We are jealous.