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Fly - Merapioidus villosus - female

Fly - Merapioidus villosus - Female
Riverbend Regional Park, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
February 23, 2017
Size: rather large
Syrphid Fly?

Request to use photo in our hover fly field guide
Sorry to contact you through BugGuide but the email address I have for you didn’t work. We are finishing work on a field guide to hover flies of northeastern North America ( that will be published later this year and would like to use this image if possible. Please contact me at to let me know if this is possible or not. I can send you more details about the book via email, allow you access to a pdf draft copy of the guide and offer you a copy of the guide when it is published. Thanks for considering this request! Jeff Skevington

Fantastic find!

One of the rarest and poorest known of the Nearctic Syrphidae. Only 4 specimens have been collected since 1930.

This is the first ever live photograph of this species!

If possible do you remember exact coordinates within the park?

Lat: 39* 01' 16" N Long: 77* 14'42" W (approximately) It is upstream from the visitor center around 300-400 feet. The river is lined with Silver Maples that are several hundred years old. And there are wet depressions in the bottom land nearby.

Moved from ID Request.

Merapioidus villosus
Merapioidus villosus

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