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Photo#114907
Colorful Bee - Spilomyia alcimus

Colorful Bee - Spilomyia alcimus
Range, Conecuh County, Alabama, USA
June 3, 2007
Size: 2.1 cm

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Colorful fly
Spilomyia alcimus, a Syrphidae (true fly) who mimicks the bold color pattern of the Southern Yellowjacket (Vespula squamosa) queen.

 
I agree with Richard,
that this is alcimus , though I don't nearly posses his expertise. I had just looked at the adjacent photo, recalled that I had the key by Christian Thompson. Though not all characters are visible in these photos, the abdominal pattern is characteristic for this species. Distribution also fits.

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