Although it looks like a wasp or bee, this species of fly cannot bite or sting. The Hover Fly is able to stay in one place as it flies, much like its more threatening look-a-likes. They can be found in gardens, parks, meadows and other areas with flowers.
Larvae feed on pesky aphid (smaller insects that suck plant juices to the detriment of the plant). Hover Fly larvae eventually drop off the plant 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
General Description: bee, wasp, butt, flying, helpful
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico
* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.