Living With Early Pollinators

Hover Fly

Hover Fly, Helophilus fasciatus

On a warm March spring day, early pollinators can be seen visiting flowers. Honey bees are active if it is warm. Many of the early pollinators are Diptera. The hover fly, Helophilus fasciatus,(Diptera: Syrphidae) is a bee mimic active in early spring. Its mimicry protects it from spring predators such as robins. This hover fly is resting on boxwood, an evergreen shrub that produces tiny flowers in spring. Hover flies are not hairy like bees and their smooth body makes them inefficient pollinators.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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