Flower Fly (Toxomerus geminatus)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Flower Fly.
Updated: 5/23/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The harmless, tiny, hovering Flower Fly is a clever mimic of bees and wasps that gets noticed every time it comes around.
Although it looks like a miniature wasp or bee, Flower Flies are neither. They neither bite nor sting. The yellow and black striping is only for show. Unlike many other types of flies, Flower Flies can hover in place, furthering the misconception that they are small bees. They are typically found in gardens, parks, meadows and other areas with flowers, moving above and around the blossoms. They are often seen 'hovering' over the flowers they drink from, so they are also called Hover Flies. Adult Hover Flies are active in the summer when many varieties of flowers are in full bloom. Hover Fly larvae are predatory, however, and feed on pesky aphids - even smaller insects that breed rapidly and drain plants of their nutrition. Given the diet of the larvae and the harmless nature of the adult, Flower Flies are welcome guests in many gardens.