Hover Fly  (three photos)
Eristalinus aeneus

hover fly with spotted eyes
This is only the second time I had seen one of these flies and they have some very strange eyes. Carol Davis 4-26-2013

fly with spotted eyes
This female fly was in some flowers on Antelope Island and posed quite readily.  The first one I
ever found (four years earlier and shown below) was inside a building.  Carol Davis 4

hover fly with spotted eyes
I almost didn't take a picture of this fly because, hey, if you've seen one fly you've seen them all, right?  Not so. There are many different
kind of flies and some flies are mistaken for bees.  The larva of this fly feeds mostly on decaying matter in brackish ponds or sewage. 
The adults are mostly nectar feeders, I think, but they are attracted to decaying matter.  Tom Gittings, from Ireland, has some
information on this fly, which is not native to the US.  Carol Davis, 5-7-2009

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