Flower Fly

Subject: What is this
Location: Northern ca
April 16, 2016 1:21 pm
Hey Mr Bugman
What the heck is this…..all of a Sudden they are all over our garden.
Signature: Dennis

Flower Fly
Flower Fly

Dear Dennis,
This Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae is a beneficial insect.  The Syrphid Fly larvae feed on Aphids and other agricultural and ornamental plant pests, and the adults are beneficial pollinators.  Many adult Flower Flies mimic stinging bees and wasps, though they are themselves quite harmless as they neither sting nor bite.  We will attempt to identify your Flower Fly by species, but BugGuide has an enormous archive to sift through.

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