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Syrphid fly

Toxomerus geminatus

Description:

Also called flower flies, they are often seen hovering or nectaring at flowers; the adults of many species feed mainly on nectar and pollen, while the larvae (maggots) eat a wide range of foods. In some species, the larvae are saprotrophs, eating decaying plant and animal matter in the soil or in ponds and streams. In other species, the larvae are insectivores and prey on aphids, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects.Hoverflies are harmless to most other animals despite their mimicry of more dangerous wasps and bees, which serves to ward off predators,

Habitat:

A species of flower fly found from eastern Canada south to Texas.


1 species ID suggestions

misako
misako 2 years ago
hover fly
Toxomerus geminatus toxomerus - Toxomerus geminatus - BugGuide.Net

6 Comments

AntonWahyudi
AntonWahyudi 2 years ago

great series of hoverfly friend..

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Added two photos I got today.

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Thank you, Misako!

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Wonderful series Maria!

misako
misako 2 years ago

Beautiful!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 2 years ago

Beautiful pictures for making an ID! Possibly a bee fly "Diptera"

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04

Spotted on Mar 29, 2012
Submitted on Mar 30, 2012

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