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Farm Photo: (Possibly) World’s Largest Hover Fly!

July 25, 2008

Photo by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

syrphid fly

I snapped this photo of a huge syrphid fly in my garden – I heard it coming from very far away! It is foraging on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia sp.), dwarfing a tiny sweat bee (Halictid sp.). Syrphid flies, also called flower flies or hover flies, are pollinators and also considered beneficial because the larval stage preys on aphids.
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