This fly looks like a bee or wasp, taking full advantage of mimicry. The coloration wards off would-be predators. Upon close examination, one can see there is no stinger at the tip of the abdomen.
This species feeds on aphids (tiny insects that eat plants). They are common in the central and western regions of North America.
Common name: Flower Fly
Scientific Name: Scaeva pyrastri
Other Names: Wasp Mimic
Adult Size (Length): 8mm to 20mm (0.31in to 0.79in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: black; white; yellow
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, California
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