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Mallota sp? - Volucella bombylans-complex

Mallota sp? - Volucella bombylans-complex
Co. County Forest Land near S. Slough Reserve, Coos County, Oregon, USA
March 19, 2015
I think this is a bumble bee mimicking flower fly, possibly Mallet sp?

Moved from Volucella.

Volucella bombylans complex.
Volucella bombylans complex.
Plumose antennae and re-entrant outer cross-vein.

Are any of the Volucella in t
Are any of the Volucella in the Nearctic not in the bombylans complex? Otherwise I'll just move all the ones in the genus there.

(there's theoretically a key from 2011 that covers arctica/evecta/facialis?

Cheng, A. 2011. Revision of the New World members of the Volucella bombylans (Diptera, Syrphidae) complex. Honours thesis, Carleton University, Canada.)

The species you mention compr
The species you mention comprise the V.bombylans - complex and I would personally place them all under that umbrella. I have contacted Martin for a second opinion.

Great, thanks! I can't find
Great, thanks! I can't find a copy of her thesis online, so if we need it I'll ask Jeff Skevington to send it since he was her supervisor.

Some regard the Volucella spe
Some regard the Volucella species you mention as synonyms of Volucella bombylans.

Yeah, that's what I figured.
Yeah, that's what I figured. *shrug*

Moved from ID Request.

Mallota has a largely bare arista and different wing veination. Nice find!

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