Orthonevra nitida

Flower Fly / Hover Fly

Orthoneva nitida, Syrphid Fly with squiggle eyes


Family: Syrphidae

Subfamily: Eristalinae

Length: typically 5-6 mm


This fly with the odd eyes ranges from Ontario and Maine south to Texas and Georgia. It is also found in California and Washington. In the more central part of its range, including West Virginia, it is most commonly seen May to October.

The pattern of eye squiggles is fairly uniform from individual to individual. Interestingly, the other members of genus Orthonevra lack these hieroglyphic markings.

Orthonevra nitida, Syrphidae, Head-on view

Insects of West Virginia