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Subject:  Is this a fly or a wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Date: 02/15/2019
Time: 07:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I took this picture a couple of years ago in my garden and I never was able to find a proper answer. I wonder if you maybe can give me a clue at least? The colors are very much like a wasp, but the shape doesn’t. From what I remember, it’s bigger than a normal fly.
Cheers from Norway
How you want your letter signed:  Alberto Martinez

Hover Fly

Dear Alberto,
This is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many harmless members of the family benefit from mimicking stinging Bees or Wasps.  Based on this Wikimedia posting, we believe Blomsterfluer is the common name for Hover Fly in Norway.  Your individual looks very similar to 
Chrysotoxum arcuatum which is pictured on Miljolare.no.

Very cool! Thank you very much for all the information!
Regards from Norway
Alberto

Hi again Alberto,
21 years ago, Daniel traveled to Oslo and had an exhibition at UKS called Rudimentary Particles.

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Subject:  Grass crab spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Wilderness, South Africa
Date: 12/24/2018
Time: 02:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I would love to know if this is A Grass Crab spider on my Egg Plant. And if is a dragonfly that it is eating?
How you want your letter signed:  Herman Jungbauer-Rudman

Grass Crab Spider eats Flower Fly

Dear Herman,
We concur with your identification of a Grass Crab Spider in the genus
Oxytate which is pictured on Jungle Dragon where it indicates there are four species found in South Africa.  The prey is not a Dragonfly.  It is a True Fly and in our opinion, it appears to be a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae.

Grass Crab Spider eats Flower Fly

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Subject:  What is this little guy?
Geographic location of the bug:  Marysville, WA
Date: 12/13/2018
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.

Flower Fly

Dear Melissa,
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.

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Subject:  Huge flying bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Tennessee
Date: 11/02/2018
Time: 03:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What the heck is this thing? My parents were on a bus trip to Tennessee and this huge thing flew by- the only noise was the beating of its wings which reminded them of a hummingbird’s wings because it hovered.
How you want your letter signed:  tay2247

Hover Fly

Dear tay2247.
This looks to us like a Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae, possibly a Yellow Jacket Hover Fly, commonly called a Good News Bee.  They are harmless.

Thank you- I was leaning towards that- it just seemed bigger than what the descriptions said.

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Subject:  Good News Bee!
Geographic location of the bug:  Smithville, Tennessee
Date: 10/02/2018
Time: 11:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey Daniel, your site allowed me to identify this great bug as a Good News Bee!  Loved the story about it.  Thought you might enjoy this great picture.
How you want your letter signed:  James Davison

Good News Bee

Dear James,
Your image of a Yellowjacket Hover Fly or Good News Bee is a wonderful addition to our archives.

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Subject:  egg or pupa on milkweed
Geographic location of the bug:  Azle, Tx
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 12:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found several of these on my milkweed which was also infested with aphids.  Please help me identify this creature.
How you want your letter signed:  Joanne

Hover Fly Pupa and Oleander Aphid (at far right)

Dear Joanne,
This is the pupa of a beneficial Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and while in the larval stage, they feed voraciously on Aphids.  Adult Hover Flies are also excellent pollinators that mimic stinging wasps and bees, though they are perfectly harmless to humans.  We located a matching image on BugGuide, and there is also a small image at the bottom of the Bugs and Critters in my Florida Back Yard blog.

Thank you!  Do you know if Hover Flies are harmful to Monarch caterpillars?
Joanne

Hi aganin Joanne.  They are not harmful to Monarch caterpillars.

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