|Photo by Baldo Villegas|
You'll spot adults feeding or hovering on flowers, they like nectar and pollen like bees. Adult bodies are 1/4 to 3/4" long, brown or black marked with bands or dots of white or brightly colored yellow or orange on their abdomen or thorax. Their flying skills are remarkable, including flying backwards. Near plants they rapidly adjust their wings to remain in the same position (even when it is windy), so they can get to their pollen lunch. Male flying skills even impresses the lady flower flies since they do the choosing...woo hoo!
|Larvae near aphids, Photo by Baldo Villegas|
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service - Flower Flies
Baldo Villegas - Beneficial Organisms of the Home Garden