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    Hover Fly - (Toxomerus geminatus)

    The harmless, even helpful, Hover Fly is a clever mimic of insects with a mean reputation.

    Picture of Hover Fly

    Staff Writer (8/28/2014): 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.

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    Details of the:
    Hover Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Hover Fly
    Scientific Name: Toxomerus geminatus
    Other Names: Flower Fly

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Syrphidae
           Genus: Toxomerus
            Species: geminatus

    Size (Adult, Length): 7mm to 13mm (0.28in to 0.51in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow

    Additional Descriptors: 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 an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.