Hoverfly, Hoverflies, Syrphid Flies
The Syrphidae family contains species which are commonly known as Hoverflies, Flower Flies or Syrphid Flies. They are often striped and easily confused with bees, they can be seen hovering over flowers and other garden plants. The adults consume nectar and pollen and the larvae vary in what they eat, some species consume decaying plant or animal matter, others consume insects such as aphids, thrips and other sapsuckers. They can therefore have a positive or negative impact on garden plants.