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Bee mimic - Criorhina bubulcus - female

Bee mimic - Criorhina bubulcus - Female
Sitka County, Alaska, USA
June 3, 2008
I believe this is a fly that was pretty effectively seeming like a bumble bee. At first as it buzzed around me, I thought it was a bumble bee, but after I saw it land, I realized it looked more like a fly. I'm not sure if there's enough showing here to get much of an identification for it, but I'm hoping maybe I can figure out a family, or something.

Moved from Criorhina.

Criorhina bulbucus
You can barely make out the mystax on the face.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Criorhina sp.
A female!

Moved from Flies.

I found
A similar one a few weeks ago, I too thought it was a bumble bee. Most likely you have a variation of a Robber Fly, like I did.

Not robber fly.
This is a flower fly, family Syrphidae. The wing venation alone cinches it (looks like there is a vein just inside the edge of the entire back edge of the wing). Not sure of the genus, and it may be a worn specimen.

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