Hover Fly

Syrphidae

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Image taken in Harquahala Wilderness, La Paz Co., Arizona.

Syrphidae -- Hover Fly Family

Hover flies look much like bees which may give them some protection from insect-eating birds. They should not be feared at all, and should be seen by gardeners as very beneficial. The larval stage of this and many other species consume tremendous quantities of aphids. The Sonoran Desert region is easily home to more than 100 species of syrphidae! They are frequent flower visitors

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