Subject: Yellow jacket or hoverfly?
Location: Long Island, NY
August 25, 2013 8:43 pm
I don’t see a wasp waist so I’m guessing fly.
Your Hover Fly or Flower Fly, Spilomyia longicornis, is a very effective Yellowjacket mimic. You can also compare your image to photographs posted to BugGuide.
I plan a photo exhibit in the spring so I’d like to get my educational info right…
Good luck with the exhibit Carl. This is a lovely photo. We imagine it looks fantastic at a higher resolution.