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Wasp looking fly - Sphecomyia vittata - female

Wasp looking fly - Sphecomyia vittata - Female
Cary, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
April 14, 2008
Size: 35-40mm
Two individuals in a cavity of the bark of a pine tree.

Moved from Flies.

Wow! Now THAT'S impressive!
If it wasn't for the eyes & antennae I would have fallen for the mimicry!

Sphecomyia vittata (Syrphidae)
Seemingly the female member of the copula. There is a page for this rare, but widespread Hover Fly species in BG (subfamily Eristalinae, tribe Milesiini).

Amazing Antennae
Even the antennae appear evolved to look wasplike.

They did
And contrary to most wasp-like flies with somewhat elongated antennae( e.g. Stratiomys sp. soldier Flies, Chrysotoxum sp. Hover Flies), the two first segments are elongated, while the third one (which bears the arista) has an almost normal Cyclorrhapha conformation.
Not even the "elbow" between 1rst and 2nd segment is lacking, to mimic that of wasps between scapus and flagellum.

clicked on this image thinking that I could ID a yellowjacket species.... very good mimic!

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