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Fly - Merodon equestris

Fly - Merodon equestris
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
June 2, 2003
Any ID on this Bee Fly?

Yes, Merodon equestris var. flavicans
Yes, this is a Merodon allright.
It is a male, and it should be Merodon equestris, because it is the only species of this genus in the USA.
In europe this species has about 6 different color patterns, and this one would be known as Merodon equestris var. flavicans.
This last name because it seems to be yellow haired everywhere.
Gerard Pennards

Meredon equestris?
Definitely a syrphid, reminds me of the Narcissus bulb fly, Meredon equestris.

I cannot really make out the flange on the hind femur but the tibial spur might fit.


I looks to me your bee fly is actually a syrphid fly. It reminds me of European Criorhina but I have not got the foggiest of what kind of similar flies occur in the Nearctic.


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