June 24, 2018
Final Post for National Pollinator Week! The species featured today isn't rare, but from a group of pollinators that are sometimes overlooked – flies!
Today we feature a Syrphid Fly, Spilomyia longicomis. This fly is classified as a 'bee mimic' and this species actually mimics a yellowjacket more than a bee. Look at the pigment in the eyes!
Don't let the disguise fool you- it is a member of a very important group of pollinators, the Syrphid flies, also known as hover flies. They can hover motionless in the air and visit flowers at more frequent intervals than bees. These are wonderful beneficial insects, and their young feed on aphids and other plant-sucking insects.
--Mary Nemecek; photo by Tom Schroeder