Syrphid Flies

Syrphid Fly

Area residents have noticed all summer a small flying insect that looks like a sweat bee.

Nate Prater, agronomist with Syngenta, told WGEL the flying creature is actually called a syrphid fly. “They’re a hoverfly. Corn fly is a common name for them,” he said. “What they are is actually a fly that lays eggs in a cornfield and the larva is actually fairly beneficial to corn plants for the fact that they feed on different aphids and other parasites that can affect corn.”

Prater said we don’t see the syrphid fly much around here, but the conditions were just right for them this year.

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Prater said the syrphid fly is more of a pest and causes no harm to humans.