Hover Fly  (five photos)
Eristalinus aeneus


Eristalinus aenus on
            Antelope Island
This is not an insect I expected to see in mid October on
Antelope Island, but there he was with a bunch of other
species
of Hover Flies. Carol Davis 10-18-2018

the eyes have it
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
e 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
-26-2013

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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