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
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.