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Photo#118796
bee? - Toxomerus marginatus

bee? - Toxomerus marginatus
flat rock, crawford County, Illinois, USA
December 31, 1969
Size: smaller than a honeybee
I took this on a blue-eyed grass blossom.

Fly
This is a fly in the Family Syrphidae, unless I'm mistaken (always a possibility) Toxomerus marginatus. If you have other images from the side, you should see a yellow margin all the way around the abdomen where the top and bottom surfaces meet.

 
Toxomerus marginatus seconded
Using IE7 to blow-up the photo to 400%, I can see the margin on the left side.

BTW, welcome to Bug Guide, augray. As you've seen, with this kind of fly (syrphid), the pattern on the back is important. So also are the veins in the wing. With many syrphids, a face shot is also good to have. Here's hoping you run into cooperative insects and post many more photos at Bug Guide.

Toxomerus sp.
This does look like a bee, but is actually a fly of a family famous for immitating bees, the Syrphid Fly family. Genus is Toxomerus, but I can't see enough of the fine detail to say the species.

Surely not from December 31, 1969?

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