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    What is this insect?

    Most days when I get home from work (about 6:15 pm), there is what appears to be a bee in my front yard. There is only one, it is always in the same place, hovering 2-3 feet from a tree, facing the tree. It moves around a little bit but not more than one or two feet, and it is always facing the tree and on the same side of it. It is a little bit bigger than a honeybee and is the same basic shape, but I have never seen a honeybee behave this way. It isn't always there but when it is, I have not seen it do anything other than what I have described.

    What is it, and what is it doing?
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    hoverfly.jpg
    Hoverfly? (For obvious reasons)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faber View Post
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    Hoverfly? (For obvious reasons)
    That's a wannabee if i ever saw one.

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    baby bumblebee?

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    There are no flowers nearby. I haven't seen it in a while, but it did look like it was guarding something rather than looking for something.
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    This is a syrphid fly. A dipteran, with protective coloration looking like a bee.
    http://jenny.tfrec.wsu.edu/opm/displ...ies.php?pn=730

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    Carpenter Bee?

    Notice any holes about big enough to stick your pinky in that looks like somebody drilled it?

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    I'll check out the tree. I started this thread about a year ago, and I saw another one of these "wannabees" the other day. It mostly hovers but moves around just enough that I can't get a picture of it.
    I don't think it's a type of fly because it does hover, and I didn't think flies could do that.
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    You might want to video it instead, and grab some shots from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuantaFille View Post
    I'll check out the tree. I started this thread about a year ago, and I saw another one of these "wannabees" the other day. It mostly hovers but moves around just enough that I can't get a picture of it.
    I don't think it's a type of fly because it does hover, and I didn't think flies could do that.
    It's called a hornet hoverfly (Volucella zonaria). They eat aphids and leafhoppers, both of which are destructive. The hoverfly is not.

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