hover flies on Herbertia lahue

Paul T. ptyerman@ozemail.com.au
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 21:53:30 PDT
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.


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!! 

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