Yellowjacket Hover Fly (Milesia virginiensis)

Order: Diptera (DIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Syrphidae
Genus: Milesia
Species: virginiensis (vir-jin-ee-EN-sis) (Info)

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Benton, Kentucky
Cole Camp, Missouri
Eastlake, Ohio
Kyles Ford, Tennessee
Basye, Virginia
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On Feb 21, 2008, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Found throughout eastern North America, this insect mimics the Yellow Jacket. It is a nectar feeder and is beneficial in pollinating many plants.

Also known as the 'Good News Bee' because of it's habit of buzzing loudly around people's heads. Applachain folklore states that if one buzzes you, you will receive good news shortly.