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Merodon equestris

Merodon equestris
Flatbush, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, USA
June 7, 2020

Sinuous wing vein identifies Eristalis, one of the bumblebee mimics. Other characters:
- Tarsi (hind legs) are black, not orange, rules out E. flavipes, orange-legged drone fly, and E. oestracea, which is very rare, anyway.
- Range is too far south for E. fraterculus, which is rare, anyway.
- This leaves E. anthophorina, orange-spotted drone fly (the orange spots are not visible in either of the photos).

On Oenothera speciosa, pinkladies (evening primrose) in my front yard

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Merodon equestris Merodon equestris

Moved from ID Request.

Many Eristalines have the sinuous wing vein, not just Eristalis. Note open r1 cell (closed with a stem to the wing edge in Eristalis sp), thickened hind femur. Other details of wing veination point to Merodon.

I am unlinking these two images as this is a male and the other photograph of a female.

Note the triangular projectio
Note the triangular projection on ventral hind femur.
Were the two images of the same fly?

Yes, same individual
Tracked it as it was flying around my garden.

Thanks; I thought they were b
Thanks; I thought they were both males. Both with that beautiful orange tip to the abdomen.

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