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Yellow, Brown and Orange Hovering 'Bug' - Sphaerophoria

Yellow, Brown and Orange Hovering 'Bug' - Sphaerophoria
Clarenville, Trinty Bay, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
July 11, 2006
Size: 1.5cm Estimated
This 'bug'had been hovering around some flower blossoms and then landed on this daisy. IT was sunny and about 2:00 PM. Because this 'bug' has two wings, I think it is a fly even though it looks like a bee to me. Is a fly correct? Any idea on a Genus/Species?

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Yellow, Brown and Orange Hovering 'Bug' - Sphaerophoria Yellow, Brown and Orange Hovering 'Bug' - Sphaerophoria

yes
you were right. it is a syrphid. Dont be fooled by coloration, mimicry is all around us in nature. This does an excellent job of this. Besides two wings, flies usually have ver short antennae and much bigger eyes. Bees have much longer and much smaller eyes. This fly is in the family Syrphidae

 
Thanks!
Your comments are very helpful. I hadn't thought about mimicry being so important but I can understand that it is. My initial tendency has been to think if it was coloured to look like a bee, it must be a bee. Now I understand how wrong that is. Thanks.

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