Flies Are Pollinators, Too!

Sep 20, 2012

Flies Are Pollinators, Too!

Sep 20, 2012

You may have noticed this little floral visitor in your garden.

It might appear to be a bee, a common mistake to the untrained eye or those who think that all floral visitors are bees.

But it's a fly, and flies are pollinators, too!

This fly, from the genus Eristalis, family Syrphidae (hover flies), order Diptera, is probably Eristalis  stipatorsays fly expert Martin Hauser, â€¨senior insect biosystematist
with the Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture.

In its larval form, Eristalis, found in aquatic habitats, is known as a rat-tailed maggot, due to its appendage that resembles a snorkel.

Next time you see this little fly on a flower, you can tell your friends "In its larval stage, it's a rat-tailed maggot."

As they widen their eyes and raise their eyebrows, you can add:  "But in its adult stage, it's a pollinator."