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Syrphid ID - Syrphus torvus - male

Syrphid ID - Syrphus torvus - Male
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
February 2, 2008
Size: ~12mm
Sunning itself on a bamboo plant in the middle of a briar patch....Ouch!
It stayed there throughout the day until late afternoon when it disappeared. Temps were in the high 50's.

Edit: I just realized that this fly resembles the one I imaged on 1/1/08 Are they the same species?

is a beautiful photo! :)

I have multiple thorn cuts to show for it :^0. Actually, the head area was slightly OOF, I had to apply some extra sharpening there.

Quite right!!
It is the same species (with hairy eyes), only this time you caught the male on camera!
So this is a male Syrphus torvus!

Hi Gerard,
What are the chances that I captured this same species again?! A male at that! I think I'm going to go play the lottery :^).


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