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.


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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