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Subject:  Bee
Geographic location of the bug:  California
Date: 04/22/2019
Time: 07:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bee
How you want your letter signed:  What kind of bee

Hover Fly

This is not a Bee.  It is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, a group that includes many members that mimic stinging Bees and Wasps for protection as the Hover Flies neither sting nor bite, and they benefit from being mistaken by predators for stinging insects.  We identified your individual as Eristalinus taeniops on The Natural History of Orange County.  The gap between the eyes on your individual identifies her as female.

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Subject:  Large black “fly” with clear wings
Geographic location of the bug:  Safari Park Escondido CA
Date: 03/12/2019
Time: 02:58 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Not sure if this is a rodent bot (?), hope not.
How you want your letter signed:  Linda

Mexican Cactus Fly

Dear Linda,
We love your in flight image of a Mexican Cactus Fly, one of the Hover Flies in the family Syrphidae.  Despite its name, the Mexican Cactus Fly is a native species.  The Mexican Cactus Fly is one of the larger Flies we have seen in our Mount Washington, Los Angeles neighborhood.

Mexican Cactus Fly

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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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