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Laphria sp ? - Eristalis anthophorina

Laphria sp ? - Eristalis anthophorina
Tower, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
May 25, 2017
Size: 1 cm
These were very quick, and adept at hovering. They could accelerate very rapidly. I was astonished when I succeeded in netting this one! I saw several along a quiet gravel road through a spruce-larch bog.

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Laphria sp ? - Eristalis anthophorina Laphria sp ? - Eristalis anthophorina

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Eristalis anthophorina
The image posted by Jeff Brown, as an example, is Mallota bautias but this is Eristalis ( R1 and R2+3 meeting before wing margin and forming a short stalk ) In Mallota these veins reach wing margin independently, that is - not joining. The tarsi are not visible to see if any are orange but the hind tibiae are lacking the matted hair of flavipes and this is Eristalis anthophorina.... male.

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Syrphid
It is a Syrphid Fly, Family Syrphidae.

The hovering is a good clue in the field, they are also called Hover Flies.

The spurious wing vein is diagnostic if you have the specimen in hand.

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Thanks for the info. Hover flies, of course!
Thanks again,
Jerry

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