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Bee having breakfast - Palpada vinetorum

Bee having breakfast - Palpada vinetorum
St. Pete Beach, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
October 15, 2007
A bee on helianthus... this I know... Any idea what kind? This site has become my new favorite hobby over night...

Moved from Palpada.

Moved from Eristalini.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Moved from Flies.

Not an ID
I can't see enough to give a real ID, but it stikes me that all of the stripes go side-to-side with none head-to-tail on the thorax. This is similar to some in Genus Palpada, especially Palpada vinetorum. But as I said my ID is unsure.

Deacon, try to get photos of flies from the top
Idea is to show wing veins, which can aid greatly in ID. Also, please crop a bit closer.

I agree with John that Palpada is a distinct possibility here, but a top view of the thorax would probably be needed for positive ID. Maybe Gerard could nail it anyway, though. (There is at least one other genus with a very similar look.)

Actally, it's a fly. You'll
Actally, it's a fly. You'll hear more specific information from others.

Not so sure
may actually be one of the Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae)

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