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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 from Syrphid Flies.

Moved from Flies.

Bee mimic Syrphidae.

Moved from ID Request.

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

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


genus Laphria
species, I can't say. that's beyond my level of expertise!

Where's the beard?

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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