Almost everyone assumes that most flying, pollinating insects they encounter on a floral bloom are a species of bee. Let’s set the record straight! Not all insects that look like bees are bees. One of the most common type of these is the Hover Fly, also known as a Flower Fly or Syrphid Fly. They can have bright, alternating, black and yellow stripes on their abdomen, making them, many times, mistaken for wasps. Some are very small, long and slender, while others are large. But make no mistake! These friendly fellas are important pollinators. They have no stingers and do not bite. So fear them not! One important difference between hover flies and bees is that they have big, bulging eyes that sit on top of their head. Hover Flies feed on nectar and pollen, making them an important pollinator in the insect world.
©Peggy A Thompson