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Syrphid Fly - female

Syrphid Fly - Female
Lacey (near Olympia), Thurston County, Washington, USA
September 23, 2007

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Syrphid Fly - female Syrphid Fly - female Syrphid Fly - female

Moved from Syrphus opinator.

Female. Hind femur is largely
Female. Hind femur is largely black whereas female opinator have the hind femur orange.

Moved from Syrphini.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Female syrphid
Small eyes indicate gender. Check tribe Syrphini; there are several possibilities. A shot straight down from above - even if blurry - could aid ID.

dorsal shot - not really
I didn't really take any straight down dorsal shots, but I've added in the most dorsal shot I could find. Don't know if it'll help or not.

Nice add
Yes, that does help. I'll look at it again later. Hope you get an expert opinion in the meanwhile.

thanks, by the way, Ron
Thanks for all your help, Ron. You've keyed out any number of the ones I've posted over the couple months I've been on. I almost feel like I have my own entomology fairy godmother or something! :) Or maybe "nurse ant" or something like that would be more appropriate on this site.

Glad to help
I usually call myself a cheerleader, but nurse ant ain't far off, either. What I think you have here is Syr*phus, but that's a guess. It could as easily be Eupeo*des, or something entirely different. You may get an evential ID to genus or even species if you move it to tribe Syrphini. For a more detailed explanation, check here:

FYI, on most flies, wing veins (venation) are important, so a good shot from above can take care of this and any patterning on the body.

I am horrid with keying anything, so virtually all my IDs are based on appearance and behavior.

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