Syrphid Flies (Toxomerus marginatus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Syrphid Flies (Toxomerus marginatus)

This bee mimic is BENEFICIAL in both adult and larval stages

a.k.a. Hover fly, flower fly, hoverfly

Adults pollinate, feed on honeydew, nectar and pollen

larva feed on aphids, thrips, caterpillars, mealybugs, scale, leafhoppers, and corn earworms


How to differentiate the most common species in this genus:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: QUEEN-DEVIL (Hieracium gronovii) aka Hawkweed


  1. Loret said:

    Hi Kathy! That would be me 😉 Thank you for your kind comments. I really appreciate feedback. 🙂

  2. Loret it just occurred to me you are the Loret from Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens! I enjoy your posts there and love learning here. Thank you.

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