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nes
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Hover Fly

Did everyone else know about these guys? :D

[img]https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/39/Syrphidae_poster.jpg[/img]

I didn't know about them at all, we always have lots and I thought they were sweat bees. I also now feel REALLY bad for getting rid of a few larva that were on my cauliflower. :oops:


[url]https://theselfsufficientgardener.com/episode-53-hoversyrphid-flies-beneficial-series[/url]
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I love those guys!! :()
I still have trouble ID'ing their larvae. I'm pretty sure I squished some that were on clover early last spring before remembering they look similar to sawfly slugs. This year's goal will be to learn to positively ID the larvae. I do see the adults all the time -- Part of my Garden Patrol. 8)

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There is a good picture in the link I posted (also a great podcast! just found it, love it!).

[img]https://theselfsufficientgardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/syrphidla2_i.jpg[/img]

Any green caterpillar like worm just gets me so nervous! :D
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we have them by the hundreds here in the spring and summer. more than a few different species. they are great pollinators as well as pest control.
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Since I've nearly stopped spraying at all, the [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly]syrphid flies[/url] are all over my garden, and mostly around my native area. Yea, I like these guys a LOT, part of my first line of defense... and like soil says, ding yeomans work pollinating now that honey bees are almost non-existant... :(

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Oh man, HG, is it confession time now? NEARLY stopped spraying? What kind of spraying is it that you still do? (Spray what, on what, for what problem?)
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I still use neem, pyrethrin, hort oils, copper fungicides...

These count as spraying still... :|

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