Common Names: Hover Flies, Flower Flies

Description: Hover flies mimic the appearance of bees and wasps to reduce the likelihood of predation. They have a spurious vein in the wing that bisects the radio-medial cross veins (it’s actually just a thickening of the wing rather than a true vein).  Larvae are either predaceous on aphids or live in decaying vegetation.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Spurious vein in wing bisects r-m crossvein
  2. Many are bee mimics

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Order:  Diptera