Syrphid fly on strawberry flower

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Thanks to my blogging friend Jeremy Sell from The Life of your Time my “wild bee” has got a proper name, it actually is not a bee, but a Syrphid fly!!! Assuming that not each bee-looking insect is a bee, what makes me feel good is the fact that this fly is actually a good looking one, plus it feeds on some pests in the garden, so it definitely deserves a post in My Botanical Garden! Thank you again Jeremy:)

Part two: Fodrambler from A Tramp in the Woods has given the full name to this Syrphid fly:” It is a Marmalade Hover Fly, Episyrphus balteatus of the family Syrphidae and your one is a female of the species.” This is exciting, I love the name but keep asking myself: where does Marmalade name come from? I would understand marmelade 😉 . Thank you, Fodrambler!

ps: take care to check Jeremy’s and Fodrambler’s blogs!

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8 thoughts on “Syrphid fly on strawberry flower

    1. Thank you, Jeremy, as I love to learn something new-even from my mistakes-the post is getting updated asap. After all, this could be good news, assuming this fly would battle Cydalima perspectalis on my buxus bushes?

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  1. Beautiful Syrphid Hover Fly. Just for the record because so many of our flies don’t have common names and I think that is a real shame, this one does. It is a Marmalade Hover Fly, Episyrphus balteatus of the family Syrphidae and your one is a female of the species. 🙂 Lovely sharp image and rich colour.

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    1. THANK YOU!! This is really exciting, after all I was thinking it was a wild bee when I posted this picture! I guess en general the knowledge about insects is not too abundant among those not dealing with them, which is a pity.I for myself am always happy finding the opportunity to make a picture of some interesting insects, but I don’t know how to classify them. OK, I distinguish spiders from wasps, but with wild bees, as obvious, I have problems 😉

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