Explanation of Names
Myathropa florea (Linnaeus 1758)
Larvae are rat-tailed maggots
native to Europe (very common there)
larvae in rot holes in logs and other wood or sap runs
Larvae feed on bacteria in organic waterlogged detritus, often in the shallow rot holes of tree stumps. Adults feed on nectar and pollen.
Apparently introduced from Europe, probably with timber
BG image represent the first report of this species in NA (4.v.2005; confirmed by F.C. Thompson)