Helophilus fasciatus

Common Names: Helophilus fasciatus, syrphid fly, flower fly
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Flies

A fly that mimics a bee or wasp. Approximately 12 to 15 mm in length. The thorax has bold black and white lengthwise stripes. The abdomen has transverse black bands with semi-elliptical yellow markings. The eyes are dark red and not touching in the middle. The antennae are short and yellow-orange. The legs are mostly yellow with dark brown marks. The wings are clear with light brown veins.

Often found or near goldenrod plants.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
Additional Information: http://bugguide.net/node/view/48957