Do you know these flies mimic bees and wasps? They are beneficial in the garden as pollinators, yet little study has been done on how beneficial.

You can see how many different flowers they visit in this post from late spring through fall.


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11 Responses to Hoverfly

  1. I know it now but didn’t until I was trained in the MG program. You teach the best things about nature. 😀

  2. They are cute little guys, aren’t they? Great photos, as always, Donna. I really think you need to frame some of these series and display them in your house — or in an art museum somewhere!

    • donna213 says:

      That is very high praise Beth. I don’t have my photos is my house displayed as art, all but one. And that was when I set up photos on a website to sell. I wanted to see the printing quality as an enlargement. Only my paintings and drawing are hung gallery style in m house. Many are on easels and have picture lights above.

  3. I would have thought they were bees. Maybe you could do a post on what puts them into the fly category.

  4. Pat says:

    I just discovered them last summer. I think they’re pretty.

  5. Jet Eliot says:

    That’s interesting…they look just like a wasp, except for those compound eyes. Very cool. 🙂

  6. alesiablogs says:

    Totally awesome shots. I went through these before , but I love the purple on some of the shots….I am a sucker for the color…haha

  7. These are favorite pollinators of mine for their look alike qualities of bees but they have their own uniqueness too….I find them covered in pollen sometimes. Incredible pictures Donna

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