Late Summer Wasp Mimic
I am amazed at the number of insect mimics I've seen this year in the yard. It's hard to keep track of which one is mimicking another and why.
This Syrphid Fly first appeared last year when our Stiff Goldenrod was flowering. I was able to photograph one again just last week.
Stilt Legged Fly does. I assume this mimics the longer antennae of wasps. So not only is this fly colored like a black and yellow wasp, it is also trying to mimic behaviors of wasps.
David at Montana Wildlife Gardener blogged recently about two western Spilomyia species.
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