Eristalis transversa


Common Names: Transverse flower fly, Syrphid fly
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Flies


This fly very much resembles a bee and is an example of Batesian mimicry, which is for a harmless organism to resemble a dangerous one to avoid predators. Size is 9 to 11 mm. Thorax distinctly bicolored (gray on front half, black on rear half); scutellum bright yellow, much brighter than the pale yellow of other Eristalis species. This combination of characters is diagnostic.

Found on flowers from about April to November.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
Additional Information: http://bugguide.net/node/view/9099
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