Now that I’ve grown, I’m a vegetarian! Now that I’m an adult fly, I eat mostly pollen and nectar. My only job is help plants grow and prosper. But don’t think it’s easier for me now! Even with my bright bee-like coloration, some birds and wasps can tell I’m harmless. Solitary wasps will attack me and some even go after larvae! The poor things. There’s even the spotted flycatcher, a type of bird, can tell the difference. They won’t go after bees, but they’ll go after me if they have the chance. And of course, I always have to look out for spiders.
I’m perfectly healthy now, though. I race and hover all over gardens. I zoom around oregano, garlic chives, and other smelly edible plants in hopes to find a mate! I can’t wait to make up to a hundred little eggs and start the process all over again. Wish me luck!
Sustainable Ag. Student