Drone Fly

Looks like bee but is a fly?
Perhaps you could answer what this fly is. It was found on pole bean leaves in Everett WA on August 24th mid morning. It’s been a cool summer and there is a well established garden that benefits from pollinators and poultry which attract the ugly house flies. But what is this guy? Thanks!

Hi Diana,
Your fly is a Drone Fly, Eristalis tenax, one of the Syrphid Flies in the family Syrphidae. We were surprised to read on BugGuide that this is an introduced species dating back to before 1874. The larvae, known at Rat Tailed Maggots live in stagnant water.

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