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Photo#111790
Merodon equestris - female

Merodon equestris - Female
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
May 20, 2007
Size: less than an inch

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No doubt a female of Merodon
No doubt a female of Merodon equestris (native to Europe)...

Fly
This is actually a fly, I believe in the subfamliy Eristalinae. Maybe something in the Mallota or Merodon genus. I'm sure a Diptera specialist can narrow it down.

 
thanks
Really? Wow. Thank you!

 
Yeah
There are some pretty remarkable mimics out there. Nice images.

 
not Laphria?
Why isn't this Laphria (I'm not questioning the ID, just curious)

 
I believe this is Merodon...
I believe this is Merodon...

as far as separating from Laphria: it's easiest to go by gestalt... if you compare wing venation it becomes obvious that the two are very dissimilar... head shape is another big clue, as asilids have a hollow between the eyes and a mystax (beard)... and in general, syrphids are more plump and muscid-esque than asilids... hope that helps

 
I doubt Laphria
It didn't strike me as Laphria. The head and what I can see of the femora doesn't match quite well enough to what I'd expect in Laphria. I could be wrong, because I'm certainly no Diptera expert, but that's why I didn't swing towards Laphria.

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