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Yellowjacket Fly (Spilomyia longicornis)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Yellowjacket Fly.


 Updated: 9/5/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



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





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.
Basic Information
Common Name: Yellowjacket Fly
Other Name(s): Hornet Fly
Scientific Name: Spilomyia longicornis
Category: Fly or Mosquito


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 15mm (0.47in to 0.59in)
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Identifying Colors: black, yellow
Additional Descriptors: bee, yellowjacket, v, wasp, stripes, bands, lines, buzz, flower, flying, harmless




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




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Mexico


Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Yellowjacket Fly may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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Prince Edward Is.  
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