Subject: Is this a fly or a wasp?
Geographic location of the bug: Stamsund, Lofoten Islands, Norway
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
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
Hi again Alberto,
21 years ago, Daniel traveled to Oslo and had an exhibition at UKS called Rudimentary Particles.