Syrphid Fly (Meromacrus acutus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Syrphid Fly (Meromacrus acutus)

This was a new species for me. Also known as Hover flies, flower flies or drone flies, they are bee/wasp mimics who pollinate. Some syrphid larva prey on aphids while this particular species is one of the aquatic “rat-tailed maggots” that grow by eating detritus. This one was hovering and loudly buzzing next to my compost bucket.






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