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Syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex - male

Syrphid - Volucella bombylans-complex - Male
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
May 14, 2007
Size: approx 15mm
I think this is E. flavipes. It even has the lighter hair on the abdomen, towards the end. Found on weeds in garden, sunning.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Thank you
There are so many different Syrphids!

That's what makes them so int
That's what makes them so interesting! The Volcella is living in Bumbelbee nests and feeding in the detritus of their nests...

Moved from Eristalis flavipes.

I'm thinking this might actually be a species of Criorhina, some of which are enormous bumblebee mimics. They are found more commonly in the Pacific Northwest than elsewhere. Please do wait for Martin Hauser to weigh in, as he is an expert on syrphids and related flies.

I'll move to Syrphidae.

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