This insect was flying around the Beach Daisies this week. At first glance it looks like a bee. Is it?
How do we know it’s a fly? For one, the short antennae sticking out of the front of its head are a good clue. This one closely resembles a Drone Fly, though it is very hard to tell for sure. Its markings aren’t exactly the same, so it may be different but it is likely a close relative. Like a lot of other insects, the adults drink nectar as this one appears to be doing here.
I watched it for a while moving from flower to flower. At one point, it started to stretch its abdomen a bit. Suddenly, it pushed out a long orange blob out of its backside!
See it? My first thought was that maybe it had laid some eggs. But, the more I looked at it I started to wonder- did this fly just poop on my flowers?