Mystery bugs

KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)June 30, 2012

I have several large fennel plants growing in my front flower bed that I keep purely for the swallowtail cats to munch on. This year I haven't had too many cats so the plants have grown tall and are in full bloom. This is fine since I think they add nice texture change from the rest of the plants and the flowers are quite pretty. They also attract a lot of different types of pollinating insects. Most of the bugs are some type of wasp or bee but I do see quite a few that look like black and white flies. They're not causing any problems, I'm just curious as to what they are.

Kara

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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

Here's a close up of one even though the picture is rather blurry. It was crawling around on the sidewalk drinking up rain water.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 9:26AM
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DPSEED(10a)

Maybe a orchid bee hard to tell from photo.

DENNIS

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 1:54PM
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tinael01(10A)

What a pretty little insect! It's amazing what you see when you look closely enough.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 4:04PM
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slopfrog

I hope I'm wrong, but it almost looks like it could be some type of fruit fly. In which case they are bad dudes. Www.whatsthatbug.com may be able to identify it for you since your pictures are quite clear.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 11:58AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Looks like more than 1 kind of insect nectaring on those fennel blooms, I think I spy a teeny paper wasp on the far left &...hover/syrphid flies? I know they like to lay their eggs on my fennel & dill - the larvae feed on the aphids that tend to cover the flower heads

Here is a link that might be useful: Featured Creatures

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 12:21PM
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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

Thanks for the links. I'll try both sites to see if they can id this bug. Hopefully it does turn out to be harmless.

Kara

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 8:22AM
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saccharum(z9 FL)

That's a bee fly (family Bombyliidae), looks like Chrysanthrax cypris. A harmless/beneficial pollinator.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 1:09PM
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KaraLynn(z9 FL, Inverness, Citrus)

Thank you, saccharum! I looked up the bee fly on the net and that's exactly what it is!

Kara

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 3:35PM
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