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dark hoverfly -bee mimic? - Rhingia nasica - female

dark hoverfly -bee mimic? - Rhingia nasica - Female
Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA
September 23, 2015
Here is another of those hover flies that land with their wings folded over their abdomens. I am going to add a picture that comes closer to seeing the stripes underneath and another that shows the eye spacing which looks like a female's eyes to me. I went all the way through (and back up through) a search for "hoverfly" and didn't see it. Thanks in advance for checking it out!


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dark hoverfly -bee mimic? - Rhingia nasica - female dark hoverfly -bee mimic? - Rhingia nasica - female dark hoverfly -bee mimic? - Rhingia nasica - female dark hoverfly -bee mimic? - Rhingia nasica - female

Moved from Rhingia.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

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You got it again, Ken. Thanks for the ID. It's nice that Mark was able to photograph that fly right through the wings. The wings on mine seemed darker. Thanks again!


Hey, I was just comparing the Data tab on this fellow with the distribution chart on the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification.

Both had zero entries for Michigan. Now there are 4 images in the Data tab - the ones I just submitted. :-)

Hooray! You might find dip

You might find's Nomenclator to be a useful source of range data. For R. nasica, see here:

"Range: (NE: NE) Manitoba To N.b., S. To Colorado And Georgia"

(NE = Nearctic)

Thanks Kelsey, so that website must have had someone who saw one of these in Michigan. In Michigan Butterflies and Skippers (Nielsen), they have a map of all the counties reporting the relevant insect. At least one of the butterflies (Polygonia interrogationis) doesn't appear in Calhoun County, whereas I see them not infrequently and even found a caterpillar in my yard a month or so ago. Someone said it didn't mean there WERE no P.interrogationis in the county, but nobody had bothered to report it.

Thanks again for the resource. I do really like Bugguide's map, state/province by state/province, of sightings in the Data tab.

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