Syrphid Fly (Meromacrus acutus)

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

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.  It seems to be a good mimic of a yellowjacket, similar in size.

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

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia), a.k.a. Saltbush

Syrphid Fly (Meromacrus acutus)

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