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  • Hover Fly - (Eupeodes spp.)

    Hover Fly - (Eupeodes spp.)

    A great bee mimic and pollinator, a Hover Fly does not have a stinger and is only a threat to pesky aphids that attack plants.

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    Staff Writer (6/30/2017): Hover Flies are a type of Flower Fly that is helpful to people and completely harmless. This genus is considered a bee mimic thanks to its coloring and striped abdomen. Some species even mimic having two pairs of wings at rest (like the majority of bees and wasps) by having a darker front edge on their single pair of wings. Adult Hover Flies drink flower nectar, visiting many blossoms a day while feeding. They incidentally carry lots of pollen from flower to flower on their bodies which pollinates gardens. As if the benefits of having them pollinate weren't enough to encourage them to thrive, they also eat aphids and other plant pests in their larval life stage. This diet helps curb aphid infestations that harm plants and diminish harvests.

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    Hover Fly

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Hover Fly
    Scientific Name: Eupeodes spp.
    Other Names: Flower Fly

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Syrphidae
           Genus: Eupeodes
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 9mm to 14mm (0.35in to 0.55in)

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow, orange

    Additional Descriptors: bee, wasp. flying, helpful, bands

    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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