Click on the link below to see a brief video of a beneficial baby on my garden roses.
The little guy is actually a predatory maggot that crawls about your plants and eats aphids for you. The adult is a fly that tries very hard to look like a dangerous bee that will sting you. But she can’t sting. She can’t even bite! Here’s a photo of mom.
A syrphid fly, also known as a hover fly, these are benefical insects to invite into your garden. The baby, the maggot you saw in the video clip, is a predator that eats aphids for you. The adult fly pollinates your flowers for you. A win-win situation for sure.
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