It’s about half an inch long, has only two functional wings (unlike bees, which have four), and hovers in one spot for 60 seconds or more. We think that it’s a species of Hover Fly, but are not certain if that is correct and, if so, which Hover Fly it might be.

   Nikon D-810; 200-400 f/4   VR Nikkor Zoom Lens at   400  mm; f/4; 1/  3200   sec.; ISO   500

Nikon D-810; 200-400 f/4 VR Nikkor Zoom Lens at 400mm; f/4; 1/3200 sec.; ISO 500

Any entomologists out there? By the way, what you see here is two merged images of one insect that let me walk around it while it was hovering in a beam of light in deep woods. (Brooklin, Maine)

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