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Hoverfly - Volucella inflata The colorful hoverfly Volucella inflata (Diptera - Syrphidae) is an European species instantly recognizable by the deep orange markings on the abdomen. Unlike other species of Volucella whose larvae live in the nests of bees and wasps, the larvae of V. inflata inhabit sap runs, and the adults are regular flower visitors. References: [1] - [2] Photo credit: ©Nikola Rahmé | Locality: not indicated (2014)

Hoverfly - Volucella inflata The colorful hoverfly Volucella inflata (Diptera - Syrphidae) is an European species instantly recognizable by the deep orange markings on the abdomen. Unlike other species of Volucella whose larvae live in the nests of bees and wasps, the larvae of V. inflata inhabit sap runs, and the adults are regular flower visitors. References: [1] - [2] Photo credit: ©Nikola Rahmé | Locality: not indicated (2014)

Hoverflies typically have black and yellow stripes, much like bees, and wasps as a form of protection. Because of their appearance, they can often be mistaken for a bee or a wasp. This acts as a form of camouflage and helps the hoverfly avoid potential predators who think that they have the capability to sting.   They are also important in pollinating flowers, and are natural enemies of pests. Because of this, farmers have been using them for biological control, a form of pest management.

Hoverflies typically have black and yellow stripes, much like bees, and wasps as a form of protection. Because of their appearance, they can often be mistaken for a bee or a wasp. This acts as a form of camouflage and helps the hoverfly avoid potential predators who think that they have the capability to sting. They are also important in pollinating flowers, and are natural enemies of pests. Because of this, farmers have been using them for biological control, a form of pest management.

Butterflies make great guests. Host them in this butterfly habitat and they’ll help the local ecosystem. It’s also a safe haven for other beneficial insects like hoverflies, bees, wasps, lacewings, and ladybugs in the colder months. Made from slow-seasoned timber wood and water-based paint, this home is great for the insects, the environment, and your backyard.

Wildlife World | Butterfly Biome Habitat and Feeder

Butterflies make great guests. Host them in this butterfly habitat and they’ll help the local ecosystem. It’s also a safe haven for other beneficial insects like hoverflies, bees, wasps, lacewings, and ladybugs in the colder months. Made from slow-seasoned timber wood and water-based paint, this home is great for the insects, the environment, and your backyard.

HOVERFLY in flight. Sometimes they are called flower flies or syrphid flies and are often seen nectaring at flowers. Hoverflies are harmless, but are looking more dangerous like wasps or bees (mimicry).

HOVERFLY in flight. Sometimes they are called flower flies or syrphid flies and are often seen nectaring at flowers. Hoverflies are harmless, but are looking more dangerous like wasps or bees (mimicry).

PHACELIA TANACETIFOLIA  1 SQM A valuable companion plant with fluffy lavender flowers that are a magnet for bees and other good bugs such as hoverflies and parasitic wasps. It is highly valued in Europe and USA for its long-lasting, high quality nectar producing flowers.

PHACELIA TANACETIFOLIA 1 SQM A valuable companion plant with fluffy lavender flowers that are a magnet for bees and other good bugs such as hoverflies and parasitic wasps. It is highly valued in Europe and USA for its long-lasting, high quality nectar producing flowers.

"A Summer Day" photo by Sukey McDonough. Looking forward to more scenes like this one...after the snow and cold are gone. Sukey McDonough| Bees Wasps and Hoverflies

"A Summer Day" photo by Sukey McDonough. Looking forward to more scenes like this one...after the snow and cold are gone. Sukey McDonough| Bees Wasps and Hoverflies

Butterflies make great guests. Host them in this butterfly habitat and they’ll help the local ecosystem. It’s also a safe haven for other beneficial insects like hoverflies, bees, wasps, lacewings, and ladybugs in the colder months. Made from slow-seasoned timber wood and water-based paint, this home is great for the insects, the environment, and your backyard.

Wildlife World | Butterfly Biome Habitat and Feeder

Butterflies make great guests. Host them in this butterfly habitat and they’ll help the local ecosystem. It’s also a safe haven for other beneficial insects like hoverflies, bees, wasps, lacewings, and ladybugs in the colder months. Made from slow-seasoned timber wood and water-based paint, this home is great for the insects, the environment, and your backyard.

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