Hover Flies

by Camellia Staab August. 15, 2020 478 views

You want to sun bathe?

BZZZZZZZZ

Hover Fly!

You want to swim in the pool?

BZZZZZZZZ

Hover Fly!

You want to sit outside and read book?

BZZZZZZZZ

Hover Fly!

And more.....

And then some more.....

You figured it out.....these guys have invaded Illinois.

They are about 1/4” long and will hover and land on you.  They are not bees. The easiest identifier is that they only have one wing on each side and bees have two wings per side. They cannot sting or bite although while they are licking you, you can feel it and you might think you are about to be stung, but they are after your sweat, (hence why they are also called sweat bees).  They are actually syrphid flies which is a term that includes a lot of flies. They feed on the same things as bees, pollen and nectar. These flies are pollinators and their larvae feed on dead organic matter. The larvae are predators of aphids. Birds and dragonflies like to catch them. It is useless to attempt to reduce their numbers. Bug spray usually doesn’t keep them off. They will only disappear when the first frost hits.

But I don't want to wait for the first frost. Actually, I don't want any frost at all! I guess I will have to just enjoy their presence.

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Radha Mistry 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Great wing zooming.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Great series and thank you for saving me a search around google. These guys have shown up in Tn and well at first I thought they were Yellow Flys (thankfully they are not ) .

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

They are a pest smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Amazing shots! the close ups are fantastic I love the story and I have decided you can keep you Perverted skin licking Hover flies...Yuk, technically you could tell them kiss you ass and they would...Ha!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 months, 2 weeks ago

No doubt several times smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Adrian Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Another great set of pictures.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Adrian Morris 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Adrian smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike 2 months, 2 weeks ago

We have them here also. I like them, they never disturbed me. I've read that they're camouflaged like wasps to keep enemies away  from eating them. Very nice series. I like #7 and #2 most. I think it's because of the background is white. That make their color so intense.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 2 months, 2 weeks ago

You are correct, they do stand out in the white background. smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Never heard of these critters  before. 
Thanks for the "edumuhkashun"!smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

You are so lucky to have me as a wonderful Teach...now I "gots" to teach you how to spell😉😉

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Hahahahhahahhahhaaaaaaa......
Always a pleasure, my friend!
+1grinning+1

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
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