Are Hoverflies bees?
Keeping this in consideration, are sweat bees and hoverflies the same thing?
Hover flies also have other names such as sweat “bees” or flower flies depending on their habits and habitats and I have recently even heard the referred to as corn flies though I am not sure of any correlation. Hover flies are much better at hovering than bees and wasps. In fact, they can even fly backwards with ease.
Likewise, what kind of bees hover? Carpenter bees, like honeybees and bumblebees, have pollen baskets on their legs. They also have a black body with dense yellow and black hairs on their head and thorax and a bald abdomen. If you've ever had a large bee swoop down and hover in front of your face, it was probably a carpenter bee.
Considering this, is there a fly that looks like a bee?
The most common bee mimics are the hoverflies, members of the Syrphidae family, which resemble small bees or wasps like yellow jackets. Many bee flies have a long proboscis that looks much like a mosquito's bloodsucking snout. No worries, though—bee flies are harmless and feed on flower nectar.
What are Hoverflies good for?
Beneficial Because: Adult hoverflies feed on flower nectar and help pollinate some crops, but it is the larvae that are important predators in the garden. The tiny, nearly invisible slug-like larvae scour the undersides of plant leaves for aphids, and eat them as their primary food source.