Hover flies are true flies, but they look like small bees or wasps. They are the helicopters of the insect world, often seen hovering in the air, darting a short distance, and then hovering again. These insects are valuable tools in the fight against aphids, thrips, scale insects and caterpillars.
Some people mistake hover flies for wasps or bees because of their black and yellow-striped abdomens and also because they can occur in huge numbers. However, they are actually members of a fly family that have evolved as wasp and bee mimics. They do not sting or bite and are harmless to us. If anything they are beneficial pollinators to our gardens, so just let them “be” 🙂
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