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.

Learn: http://eol.org/pages/752422/details#diagnostic_description

Key: http://www.hr-rna.com/RNA/Other%20insect%20pages/Syrphid%20key.htm

Lifecycle: http://bugguide.net/node/view/166995

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