Subject: Enormous hover fly?
Geographic location of the bug: Isabella, MN
Time: 11:26 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi!
We saw this guy on our cabin screen in Isabella, MN (far northwestern corner of the state) on May 24th. He’s about an inch long from head to tail! We’re curious about what he is. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed: Krista
This is not a Hover Fly. It is an Elm Sawfly. Unlike Hover Flies which are True Flies with a single pair of wings, Sawflies are non-stinging relatives of Wasps and Bees that have two pairs of wings.
Awesome! Thank you so much! I figured it was much too big to be a hover fly!