Flower Flies Syrphidae
Flower Flies Syrphidae
Flower Flies Syrphidae
Flower Flies Syrphidae
Flower Flies Syrphidae
Flower Flies Syrphidae

Flower Flies Syrphidae

Flower flies are common and abundant during warm weather. Many appear to mimic bees or wasps, but vary tremendously in that mimicry. To get a really good idea of the astounding variety of syrphid mimicry, see syrphids on bugguide.net.

If you get a sharp photo, or use butterfly binoculars, you can recognize a syrphid fly by the spurious vein in its wing (5). If you see a syrphid holding just a little too still, look for a crab spider (6).

Some syrphids have odd-looking larvae, for example, these Microdon larvae found in a carpenter ant log.

The Post Office has honored syrphids with a stamp in the Insects & Spiders set.