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  • Flower Fly - (Toxomerus politus)

    Flower Fly - (Toxomerus politus)

    Flower Flies are excellent bee mimics, able to hover over flowers and people, but despite the warning colors, they are completely harmless.

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    Staff Writer (8/4/2017): Flower Flies are excellent pollinators. The visit flowers to eat pollen, and like other insects including bees, they pick up pollen grains on their bodies and transfer them to other blossoms. Flower Flies in the Toxomerus genus appear to have a flat abdomen that is able to bend at almost awkward angles. They do not sting and are harmless to people. This particular species can be found on or near corn and sorghum plants as well as garden flowers.

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    Flower Fly

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

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 7mm to 9mm (0.28in to 0.35in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, black, red

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

    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.

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