Agriculture Canada Monograph 28: 713–743. Many flies are actually considered beneficial because of the pest control or pollination services they provide within farm fields and gardens. Environmental Entomology 29: 1054–1059. | Columbus, Ohio 43210. Figure 2. Some are small and shiny, like the common genus Toxomerus (Figure 1A), while others are robust and hairy like the genus Merodon (Figure 1B), which is a mimic of the bumble bee. Really, midges are a signal that mayflies are on the way.

Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Schneider, F. 1969. White or yellow flowers with easy-to-access nectar and pollen are especially attractive to adult hover flies and can be a good way to bring them into your home gardens, where they may choose to lay their eggs and therefore provide pest control services as larvae. Hover flies range in size from ¼ to 1¼ inches and are typically patterned in yellow and black, but can also have red, orange or brown markings (Figure 1). Figure 1. Those little biting flies (stable flies) for the most part will bite around your ankles & up to your knees. The annual hatching comes when the lake warms to a temperature comfortable for the flies to emerge from the pupal stage. How to Get Rid of Biting Flies If you own a private beach property, you can apply Viper RTU to keep the pests away or fog the beachside area with Stryker 100 using a Tri-Jet Fogger. Syrphidae are a particularly beneficial insect to have around because many serve as predators as larvae and pollinators as adults!

Diagram of a hover fly wing showing the spurious vein, a vein that runs through the middle of the wing and is open (not attached to another vein) on both ends. ©  2020 The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 2120 Fyffe Road | Room 3 Ag Admin Bldg. Midges are normally spotted in late May or early June. Chaney, H.A. Their blood sucking habits also raise concerns about possible transmission of disease agents. Unless your specimen is missing legs, insects have six legs whereas spiders have eight legs.

Coordinated by J.F. In addition, hover flies lack the long antennae that most bees and wasps have. Accessibility Accommodation.

Midges do not bite, and serve as an important food source for fish, birds and other insects.

Relative attractiveness of potential beneficial insectary plants to aphidophagous hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae). -- Only the males have feathery antennae. However, one thing all hover flies have in common is a spurious wing vein that is open on either end (Figure 2).