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Beeflies or Robber Flies? - Merodon equestris - male - female

Beeflies or Robber Flies? - Merodon equestris - Male Female
Shoreline, King County, Washington, USA
May 2, 2015
Size: 1/2 inch
I could not see the abdomen of the female because the flies were mating.

Moved
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Moved
Moved from Flies.

Syrphidae
Bee mimic Syrphidae.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Robberflies
It's the eyes -- they meet at the top of the head, which is typical of flies but never of bees.

 
thanks
Thank you, but I know they are flies. I was just wondering if they were beeflies or robber flies. Do you know what species?

 
Neither
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genus Laphria
species, I can't say. that's beyond my level of expertise!

 
Where's the beard?
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Do you..
Know what kind of flies these are then? I agree, they don't quite look like anything from Laphria.

 
Awesome! Thanks!
Genus is just fine! I was searching and didn't even know what types of robber flies to even search for other than the general Asilidae family, so this was a great help! :)

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