Subject: What is this fly?
Geographic location of the bug: Los Angeles County, CA
Time: 09:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this small fly on my kitchen window. Do you know what it is?
How you want your letter signed: SoCalFly
This is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, but we are uncertain of the species. Many members of this family mimic stinging bees and wasps for protection, despite being harmless themselves. The Natural History of Orange County has many similar looking individuals.