Hovering the Cherries

!!!!prunus-carolinanum-w-tiny-waspOne of the 2 cherry laurel (Prunus caroliniana) trees planted at (Pelican Island) Audubon House are flowering beautifully now and attracting lots of pollinators. These smallish trees flowered last year not long after planting.

I saw what I thought was a small ant in the camera lens. When I viewed the photo on the computer, I initially thought that the tiny, tiny insect was a wasp. Thank you to Dr. Roxanne Connelly from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory for identifying this wasp mimic as a syrphid fly, a member of the Syriphidae family.

!!!!!insect-on-prunus-carolinanum

Also known as hoverflies or flower flies, these diminutive insects feed on nectar and pollen as adults. They tend to prefer white or yellow open flowers.

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