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CLOSED: Hover Fly?

Citrus Heights, CA(Zone 9b)

ID Please-Rich

Thumbnail by RichSwanner
St. John's, NL(Zone 5b)

It is indeed a Syrphid or Hoverfly...gardeners friend as their maggots feed on aphids.

Blenheim, New Zealand

you take beautiful insects photo, what plant is it on. I agree it's a hover fly.

Brookhaven, PA(Zone 7a)

And what camera did you use??

Citrus Heights, CA(Zone 9b)

Canon 300D 100mm f2.8 USM Macro Canon lens. I think it is called Salvia nemorosa "Osfriesland" It has long rosettes that rise erect and are full of blooms-Rich

San Francisco, CA(Zone 10a)

Appears the same as this picture, tenatively identified as a Male Platycheirus sp.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/935

More information than I care to parse regarding the Genus on this page:

http://home.hccnet.nl/mp.van.veen/KEYS/Platycheirus/pltch_key.html

San Francisco, CA(Zone 10a)

This is one of my favorite pictures I've seen on the internet, not for the faint of heart, showing a syrphid fly larvae and its prey:

http://mint.ippc.orst.edu/syrphidlarva_lg.htm

Die, Aphid, Die!

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