Many Syrphid Flies do a great job at making you think you’re dealing with a wasp, hornet, or bee. Often seen hovering near or perched on flowers, the adults feed on pollen and nectar. Depending on the species, larvae feed on decaying plant or animal matter, other insects (aphids and leafhoppers) and play important roles in natural pest control. Hoverflies are also important pollinators for a variety of wild plants and agricultural crops around the world. While different species may show a preference for specific flowers, they appear to prefer white and yellow colored flowers.
Size: 1-35 mm, typically 10-20 mm
Photos by: Kristi DuBois on 9/26/21 near Lolo Pass, MT