Tricky Bugs

NOT a Syrphid flyI was so sure this was a syrphid fly, but bugGuide has set me straight: it’s a Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris. At least it’s in the syrphid family.

And I do have actual syrphid flies, but they’re much smaller than Mr. Bumblebee Fakeout Merodon.

Syrphid fly on daisy fleabane.

These two are Syrphid flies in genus Sphaerophoria.Possibly a fly on daisy fleabane

These handsome fellows are a couple of very common syrphid flies, Toxomerus marginatus. And their offspring will eat lots of aphids. Breed, little guys, breed!

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About Pam Phillips

I am a writer and gardener. I never cease to be amazed by the wonder and beauty of bees.
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