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Syrphid flies, sometimes also referred to as hoverflies or flower flies, are a diverse group of pollinators found all over the world, with about 6000 species known in total. They mimic the appearance of bees and wasps, which serves to discourage potential predators, though syrphids themselves are harmless to most animals. Considered by many to be the second most important group of pollinators after bees, adult syrphid flies feed on nectar and pollen from a variety of plants and are often spotted hovering around flowers. Syrphid larvae, on the other hand, eat a wide range of foods, depending on the species. The larvae of some species eat decaying plant or animal matter, whereas the larvae of other species are insectivores and eat aphids and other pest insects, and can therefore be used as a biocontrol agent to reduce levels of certain pests.