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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
Moved from Palpada.

Moved
Moved from Eristalini.

Moved
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Moved
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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