yellow jacket look alike? Fly or hornet?
Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 5:29 AM
This should be a bee or hornet but the eyes and antennae made me wonder. Comparing to v. squamosa there are a lot of differences. This was on a garden flower in Berkeley CA in November, 2008.
This is actually a fly in the family Syrphidae, the Syrphid Flies, also known as Flower Flies or Hover Flies. We believe it is in the genus Epistrophe based on images posted to BugGuide.