Monday, June 15, 2009

Yellowjacket Hover Fly

I came across this individual on my afternoon hike in Pocahontas. I'm guessing its a female as it appeared to be ovipositing (laying eggs) in an old hardwood stump. (It's larvae feed on decaying heartwood.) The species is Milesia virginiensis and the common name is yellowjacket hover fly. It is believed to be a mimic of the southern yellowjacket wasp (Vespula squamosa.) It sure fooled me. I thought it was a wasp until I got close enough the see only one pair of wings and its halteres.

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