Hover flies are often seen buzzing around flowers in the garden. Some imitate wasps but they do not have a sting. Hover flies are beneficial insects and eat many garden pests.
Hover flies have a distinct flight pattern. They are often seen hovering over and flitting around flowers in a garden. They are predators of many pest insects and pollinators; as such they are beneficial.
Some hover flies protect themselves from predators by mimicking wasps by having yellow and black stripes.The hover and flit flight pattern plus broad wings held out from the body when landed distinguish hover flies from wasps. Wasps hold their narrower wings back more tightly to the body. See the images in the gallery for comparison.
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