A great bee mimic and pollinator, the Hover Fly does not have a stinger and is only a threat to pesky aphids that attack plants.
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). They accomplish this illusion 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 helps pollinate 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, meaning Hover Flies are good to have around.
Scientific Name: Eupeodes spp.
Other Name(s): Flower Fly
Fly or Mosquito
Size (Adult; Length): 9mm to 14mm (0.35in to 0.55in)
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