Margined Calligrapher

This is a uniquely designed fly, in fact, it’s a good fly to have around according to insectidentification.org, because of two things. One: they are a pollinator and two they eat aphids!

Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

I am hoping to capture some video of this fly. While observing I noticed it would lift it’s abdomen up and down while gathering nectar.

Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

https://bugguide.net/node/view/8221

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Flower-Fly-Toxomerus-Marginatus