Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting.
Larvae feed on aphids (smaller insects that eat plants) and pupate in soil. Adults emerge in the summer and drink flower nectar. They are often seen 'hovering' over the flowers they drink from, hence their name.
Common name: Hover Fly
Scientific Name: Toxomerus geminatus
Other Names: Flower Fly
Adult Size (Length): 7mm to 13mm (0.28in to 0.51in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
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