Hover Fly  (five photos)
Eristalinus aeneus

Eristalinus aeneus
            in January in Utah
This little beast was seeking warmth on
Antelope Island in January. These babies must
have ice water running in their veins.
There are
better pictures below.
Carol Davis 1-20-2020

the eyes have it
Amazed to find this fly in mid-October (since it was
our coldest October in recorded history in Utah.
Not many insects have eyes that look as neat
as these. 
Eristalinus aeneus are associated with salt marshes,
according to Bugguide. Carol Davis 10-18-2018

hover fly with spotted eyes
This is only the second time I had seen one of
these flies and they have some very strang
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.  Also
 associated with salt marshes. 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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