Flower Fly

Subject: Bee or Fly?
Location: San Diego, California
April 17, 2013 4:43 pm
This bug was sipping nectar from a Tidy tips flower. The markings on the body seem distinctive. Is it a bee or a fly or something else?
Signature: Don Rideout

Flower Fly
Flower Fly

Dear Don,
This is a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae.  Many members of this family resemble bees and wasps.

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