Subject: Help with vespid ID
Geographic location of the bug: Morgantown West Virginia
Time: 07:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Had this insect in my home. Looks like a vespid of some kind. Can’t really match it to any photos we see online. Your help is appreciated
How you want your letter signed: Dana
This is not a Vespid nor any other type of Wasp. This is a Fly in the family Syrphidae, commonly called Flower Flies or Hover Flies. Many species in the family Syrphidae are effective mimics of stinging wasps and bees which helps to protect the harmless flies from predators who mistake them for a stinging creature. We will attempt a species identification for you if we have time. There are extensive archives on BugGuide should you decide to attempt your own research. We believe we have correctly identified it as a Virginia Flower Fly, Milesia virginiensis, on Insect Identification for the Casual Observer.
Wow! Thank you for the prompt reply and your expertise!
Your time is much appreciated!