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  • Yellowjacket Fly - (Spilomyia longicornis)

    Yellowjacket Fly - (Spilomyia longicornis)

    Easily mistaken for a Yellowjacket, this species of Flower Fly is a great pollinator and a harmless guest in a lively flower bed.


    Staff Writer (9/5/2017): The Yellowjacket Fly does not have a stinger, but they look like they should thanks to the classic coloring and striped pattern on the abdomen. The round eyes of the Yellowjacket Fly are also yellow and black with small spots clustered together in a stripe-like formation. Their short antennae can help distinguish them from the bee and wasp family, though their front legs are black and stretched forward, possibly giving the appearance of long antennae. Yellowjacket Flies also have a yellow ^-shaped mark on their black pronotum.

    Yellowjacket Flies drink nectar and can be seen visiting asters, goldenrod and other blooms found in the wild as well as in cultivated gardens. They are active from spring through early autumn in a variety of habitats like parks, backyards, forest edges and meadows.


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    Details of the:
    Yellowjacket Fly


    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Yellowjacket Fly
    Scientific Name: Spilomyia longicornis
    Other Names: Hornet Fly

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Syrphidae
           Genus: Spilomyia
            Species: longicornis





    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 15mm (0.47in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: black, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: bee, yellowjacket, v, wasp, stripes, bands, lines, buzz, flower, flying, harmless


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec


    * 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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