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Photo#122725
Thereva frontalis? - Thereva brunnea - female

Thereva frontalis? - Thereva brunnea - Female
Port Orchard, Kitsap County, Washington, USA
July 4, 2006
Size: .5"

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Thereva frontalis? - Thereva brunnea - female Thereva frontalis? - Thereva brunnea - female

Moved
Moved from Thereva.

First time I saw one, I thought it was a robber, too.
If I've got this right, and I'm pretty sure I do, it's a bee fly - Aphoebantus. See:

 
Not so sure
Thanks Ron... but you know, if you look at the spacing between the eyes, there isn't a match here.

Looks much closer to thereva frontalis, don't you think?

For example:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/20575#40005

 
Good going. Yes, Thereva looks better than my guess.
I don't know stiletto flies and may have mucked up the ID. Veins in the wings are a good way to cement an identity, but we don't have enough detail here. In flies, the face can be important, but eye spacing is often a matter of sex:

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