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Is this a female of Platycheirus sp - Platycheirus - male

Is this a female of Platycheirus sp - Platycheirus - Male
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
May 23, 2005
I think this is a Platycheirus sp. Took something that looked like this last year and that was what the outcome was.

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Is this a female of Platycheirus sp - Platycheirus - male Is this a female of Platycheirus sp - Platycheirus - male

Yes, Platycheirus, but..
Hello Kildale,
I'll go along with Platycheirus, but as you can see in the picture, the eyes touch on top.
That means that this one is a male!
Greetings,
Gerard Pennards

 
But...
Gerard,

I cannot see the broadened for tarsi in anyway. Or are not not broadened in all species? And the antennae really look very slender, almost Pipiza-like.

Paul

http://www.diptera.info

 
Platycheirus male for sure
After seeing the second picture I am quite sure that this is a male Platycheirus.
In the USA there are, just like in Europe, several species in which the male lacks the characteristic different formed first leg. However, it is possible to see that the animal has bristles on the underside of it's first leg femur.(second photo) That indicates Platycheirus! Furthermore, the shape and size of the head and the slender abdomen with silverish spots indicate Platycheirus!
Greetings,
Gerard Pennards

 
Platycheirus ID
Glad the second image helped. I always try for more than one.