Syrphid flies, flower flies, sweat bees
Slow moving and soft-bodied insects like aphids are on hover fly maggots list of criminals to capture. They can be found patrolling aphid colonies on the undersides of leaves. Its not uncommon for a maggot to become a decorated officer for apprehending as many as 400 aphids during its youth (about 2-3 weeks)! Adult hover flies are in retirement from chasing down insects and spend their time feeding on aphid honeydew and flower nectar.
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