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Yellowjacket Hover Fly - Milesia virginiensis

Yellowjacket Hover Fly - Milesia virginiensis
Parkwood, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 5, 2005
Size: 20 mm
This syrphid was buzzing around my porch light at about 10:00 p.m. I at first thought it was a European Hornet, which come to lights, but finally determined it was a Syrphid. Its buzz was impressive, and enough to scare anyone off. The fly was captured, chilled, and posed. Length was measured at about 20 mm, though the fly arched its abdomen to some extent.

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