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Flower Fly

Copestylum sp.


It looks like a bee but I think it is a fly mimicking a bee. Most flower flies are not considered pests. The species that resemble bees are not able to sting or bite, although sometimes they will land on humans to gather moisture in the form of sweat droplets. Flower Flies are pollinators of major significance. In some agroecosystems, such as orchards, they out perform native bees in pollinating the fruits. Syrphine maggots are important predators of pests, such as aphids, scales, thrips, and catepillars, and are rivaled only by lady-bird beetles and lacewings as predators useful for biological control.


Flowering plants.

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LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Sachin and Olivia

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Cindy for the ID

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 7 years ago

Nice shot, Luis!

Nice spotting, Luis. This may be a Flower Fly, Copestylum sp.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago


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León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Spotted on Mar 17, 2013
Submitted on Mar 22, 2013

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