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Soldier Fly in California - Euparyphus cinctus

Soldier Fly in California - Euparyphus cinctus
Webb Canyon, ~2000 ft. altitude, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 23, 2009
Size: ~4 mm
Rescued this one from the pool today in good condition. This little fly is quite striking in appearance with its bright green eyes and hymenopteran-like body markings! I confess that I haven't really even begun to try and figure out an ID yet... I guess I'm hoping that someone out there will recognize it instantly and just tell me what it is. (*grin*) Seriously though, any help at all even narrowing it down to the correct family would be much appreciated. Oh, and I have many, many, many more views of this one if they would prove useful -- just tell me what you are looking for.

Mixed oak & chaparral habitat.

[EDIT: Some kind of Soldier Fly (Family Stratiomyidae)? Maybe?]

Keywords: green-eyed, yellow, black, wasp-like

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Soldier Fly in California - Euparyphus cinctus Soldier Fly in California - Euparyphus cinctus

Euparyphus (Aochletus) cinctus
Euparyphus (Aochletus) is in the family Stratiomyidae as Keith noted

Thank you so much Dr. Woodley for reviewing my image and assigning an ID! (Also thanks to =v= for creating a new page.)

yes it's

Thanks Keith...
..for the family confirmation. I'll start diligently looking around in that area!

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