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Fly - Pollenia - male

Fly - Pollenia - Male
Busch Conservation Area, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA
August 19, 2007
Cluster fly?

Hope you get a third opinion
Often, it's tough to get anyone to comment on a rather ordinary fly. But sometimes, if a couple of people stick out their necks, your post will draw more traffic. Ideally, that will happen here.

My take is that this is a deceptively difficult ID. (Digging around a bit, I find I have a very similar unidentified fly.*) My cluster fly pick could be deemed wrong because of lack of any amount of golden hair on the thorax. Tachinid could be quibbled with on the basis of the abdomen not being spikey enough. So it's a coin toss at this point.

Wish I could be more helpful or at least encouraging.


That's OK.
I had to try for an ID but am not discouraged by a lack of one. Thanks for the reply!!

Tachinid fly

Cluster fly looks right to me
I think I'm detecting some of the trademark golden hairs on the thorax.

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