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Small Bee Like Insects All Over the Chamomile

 
Rebekah Moore
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There are these small bee like insects that look a bit like fly's that are hovering over the chamomile.There are around 20 on one plant at a time. They look like they are pollinating the flowers. Maybe they are disguising as bees to protect themselves but I am not sure. So does anybody know or seen these fly,bee type of insect? I am really interested to find out what they are.
 
Charles Tarnard
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This may come as a shock, but I think it's a bee fly .

 
Rebekah Moore
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Ha Ha that sounds simple a enough. I will put a picture of them on in the morning. OK thank you I will look up the bee fly's now.
 
Marty Mitchell
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I have hover flies all over the place in my yard that sound like they match that description. They are beneficial instects that not only do light polinization... but their larve(usually out of sight) are basically little maggots that have a horn on them. They inchworm around on your plants and look for soft bodied insects like aphids. They then stab the aphids with their horn... rip them off of the plant... suck them dry... and begin the cycle over again. Err... at least that is what I found on the internet a long time ago when I did a search. Here is a link...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly
 
Rebekah Moore
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That's a good link. Thank you. OK those sound like what we have in our yard. I haven't seen there larva yet and if I did I probably didn't know it's them.haha
That's really neat. Thanks for telling me. and Sorry I couldn't get any photos. They are to fast and now it's snowing so they left. Thank you Marty.
 
Marty Mitchell
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Your welcome.

I love youtube. Here is a quick video I found.


 
Rebekah Moore
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That looks like them! That's a great video. Thank you.
 
I agree. Here's the link: https://richsoil.com/wood-heat.jsp
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