Yellow Jacket Hover Fly

Subject: Bee or wasp, Tampa, FL
Location: Tampa, Florida
April 8, 2016 8:50 am
Tried finding this online with no results. Looks similar to a yellow jacket, but orange and yellow and black instead of just yellow and black.
Signature: Luke

Yellow Jacket Hover Fly, AKA Good News Bee
Yellow Jacket Hover Fly, AKA Good News Bee

Dear Luke,
This is neither a Yellow Jacket nor a Bee, but it is a very effective mimic of both.  This is a Yellow Jacket Hover Fly or Good News Bee,
Milesia virginiensis, a species of Hover Fly or Flower Fly in the family Syrphidae.  Though they mimic stinging insects, Hover Flies neither sting nor bite.  Pure Florida has a wonderful article on Hover Flies that is illustrated with images of a Yellow Jacket Hover Fly.

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