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Multitudes of bees in desert almond...and aphids too - Eupeodes volucris - male

Multitudes of bees in desert almond...and aphids too - Eupeodes volucris - Male
Near Kelso, Mojave National Monument County, California, USA
April 24, 2008
Bees were really excited about this desert almond (Prunus fasciculata). When I looked closer I saw that it was covered with black aphids and the bees were after the honeydew. In the garden only the ants do that job. Does anyone know what kind of bees these were?

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Multitudes of bees in desert almond...and aphids too - Eupeodes volucris - male Multitudes of bees in desert almond...and aphids too - Eupeodes volucris - male

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Moved from Syrphid Flies.

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Moved from Unidentified Fungus-ridden Flies. All photos of fungus-ridden insects are being collected here; I'm moving those of known identity to their proper places.

hmmm
they look almost like flies

 
I agree
Those definitely aren't bee eyes. The flies look like syrphids to me. The attraction is no doubt double- honeydew for the adults and a good food supply to lay their eggs near so their carnivorous larvae won't go hungry.

 
Thanks
Thanks for setting me straight. They sounded like bees, so I assumed they were bees. Now I know better.

 
This group of
fly looks like having fungal (Entoomophthora) infection. - Chen

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