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  • Flower Fly - (Syrphus ribesii)

    Flower Fly - (Syrphus ribesii)

    This hearty, harmless, and adaptable species of Flower Fly can be found all across North America and even into Central America.

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    Staff Writer (8/4/2017): Predators like birds and other insects may think twice before trying to claim S. ribesii as a meal. It can hover over flowers and people, much like a bee or wasp. Its mimicry is so good, it requires a second look to be sure it is a fly. Like all Flower Flies, S. ribesii does not sting. It offers double benefits to gardeners in that it is both a great pollinator and its larvae feed on aphids, the small plant-sucking insects that can infest vegetable and fruit plants.

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    Flower Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Flower Fly
    Scientific Name: Syrphus ribesii

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Syrphidae
           Genus: Syrphus
            Species: ribesii

    Size (Adult, Length): 8mm to 13mm (0.31in to 0.51in)

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: hover, bee, wasp, harmless, flying, pollinator

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; 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.

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