April 9th, 2009

Local fly

Local fly

I found this little guy inside my kitchen. I scooped it up in a glass and brought it outside, and took its pic.

It appears to be a syrphid fly (possibly Epistrophe diaphana), commonly known as a flower fly or hoverfly. Hoverflies use mimicry to hide from their enemies (mostly birds or other insects). Their markings make them easily mistaken for wasps or bees. Last summer I saw many of them enjoying the spearmint blossoms in the back yard, along with bona-fide wasps and bees. This one is about 1/2" long.

Oh hai.

♪♫♪ I just wanna fly
put your arms around me, baby
spread your love and fly, fly ♪♫♪