At 06:38 AM 22/03/2009, you wrote: >Hi everyone, > >Being entomologically minded, I asked Justin for some photos of the mystery >bug. Turned out it really is a fly. A hover fly to be exact. These flies are >flower visiting flies and called hover because they can hover in place. I >have posted two photos on the wiki: And if they're like the Aussie hover flies then they are a valuable predator in the garden, as they and their offspring feed on a miriad of pests including Aphids, Mealy Buds, Scale etc. They can be valuable as a "natural" solution to pest problems. That is how the Aussie ones work, anyway. I hope that yours are as useful. Cheers. Paul T. Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9 Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about anything else that doesn't move!!