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Subject:  Huge yellow jacket?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia
Date: 07/09/2019
Time: 09:34 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this monster in my garden today, 7/9/19. It was roughly an inch size.  Is this thing a massive yellow jacket or a hornet?  How concerned should I be that there are more of them nearby? I do have young kids.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks! Kelsey

Good News Bee

Hi Kelsey,
You have nothing to fear.  Your children are safe, at least from this Yellowjacket Hover Fly which is also known as a Good News Bee.  Many harmless Hover Flies in the family Syrphidae mimic stinging insects as protective mimicry.

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Subject:  bee?
Geographic location of the bug:  southwestern ontario
Date: 06/09/2019
Time: 09:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve been trying to search what kind of bee this is?! it’s slightly larger than the european honeybee. i can’t find anything online. can you help me please?
How you want your letter signed:  heidi

Hover Fly

Dear Heidi,
This is NOT a Bee.  It is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many members of the family mimic stinging Bees and Wasps to fool predators.  There are some similar looking species in the genus
Eristalis, and we believe, based on BugGuide images, that this is Eristalis obscura.

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Subject:  Fly?
Geographic location of the bug:  Scottsdale ,AZ
Date: 06/07/2019
Time: 03:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was in my car at lunch June 7th, at noon, with my windows open and it was about 95 degrees out. This fly looking thing flew into my car and perched itself right above my head. It was mostly beige and brown kind of resembled a bee but looked more like a fly. To me it looked like it had a very pretty pattern. The more detailed photo in unretouched, the close up color is enhanced to look more like what I saw rather than what the camera saw.
How you want your letter signed:  Alison O’Konski

Hover Fly

Dear Alison,
This is a harmless Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many non-stinging members of this family mimic the colors and markings of stinging Bees and Wasps as a defense against predators.  We matched your image to an image of
Copestylum apiciferum on the Natural History of Orange County site and we verified that identification on BugGuide where the range map incudes Arizona.

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Subject:  Black and gold wasp
Geographic location of the bug:  North west England
Date: 05/09/2019
Time: 05:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please can you identify this insect? Very unusual but definitely real
How you want your letter signed:  L W

Hover Fly

Dear L W,
This is not a Wasp.  It is a Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae, and many of these harmless (don’t sting nor bite), beneficial pollinators effectively mimic stinging insects like Bees and Wasps.  We believe your individual is a male (eyes close together)
Epistrophe grossulariae which is pictured on the British Hoverflies site, though we cannot say for certain that species is correct.

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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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