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Hover Fly Look-a-Likes

Hover flies (Images 1 and 3) are predators of aphids and other small insects. The diet of stinging wasps (Images 2 and 4) includes caterpillars. Identifying who’s who can give you peace of mind.

Hover Fly similar in appearance to Yellow Jacket

Image 1. Characteristics of Hover Fly that distinguish it from Yellow Jacket.

Yellow Jacket identifying features

Image 2. Characteristics of Yellow Jacket that distinguish it from Hover Fly.

Hover Fly similarity to Paper Wasp

Image 3. Characteristics of Hover Fly that distinguish it from Paper Wasp.

Paper Wasp identifying features

Image 4. Characteristics of Paper Wasp that distinguish it from Hover Fly.