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Hover fly

Toxomerus geminatus


Before I joined this Project a couple of days ago, I would have called this a bee. But after seeing so many pictures that look like bees, but in fact are flies, maybe it's a fly? And I think it's a pollinator because it's sitting in this aster's pollen, but good chance I'm wrong on that count, too!


Meadow along wood's edge in southeastern PA USA

1 species ID suggestions

misako 6 years ago
Hover fly
Toxomerus geminatus Species Toxomerus geminatus - BugGuide.Net


misako 6 years ago

Glad to help Mostly Microbe!

Mostly Microbe
Mostly Microbe 6 years ago

Thank you @misako.hill for the ID and link.
Thank you for the compliments and suggestion @textless and @AshishNimkar. I will have to try the cropping suggestion and see how that might improve the details of this Hover Fly...
And ditto on the thanks to @JuanDiTrani for info on pollinators. I'm learning so much here and really appreciate the collective knowledge on this site!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Thanks Juan for clarification about pollination...

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

Hi Mostly,
Not all the insects comming to a flower or feeding on pollen are pollinators. Been pollinators imply the animal is helping the movement from pollen grains to the female parts of the flower. Despite flies can pollinate a few plants, they are lacking structures for carrying pollen. It´s well known the best pollinators are bees.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

This is very clear shot.
Can crop this picture and add separate image to get more closer look.
Great spotting..!!

textless 6 years ago

Beautiful photo. :)

misako 6 years ago

@Mostly Microbe: It is definitely a Hover fly. Possibly Toxomerus geminatus. You can look through the photos on this website and confirm: If you keep clicking on the species name, the photos will change.

Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Lat: 40.14, Long: -75.19

Spotted on Sep 16, 2011
Submitted on Sep 16, 2011

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