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Narcissus Bulb Fly - Merodon equestris - male

Narcissus Bulb Fly - Merodon equestris - Male
Lacey (near Olympia), Thurston County, Washington, USA
June 15, 2008
Is this just a color variation of a Narcissus Bulb Fly or is it another syrphid fly altogether?

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

A Merodon equestris male!

Moved from Flies.

Not sure, Kevin
Pretty hairy though so it may be a bee fly. Syrphids are usually smooth bodied.

hairy syrphids
I know some of the bee flies are pretty fuzzy, but the Narcissus Bulb Fly is also. And on the page for that fly, there are about 3-5 different color variations. So, I figured this guy just to be one also. But then I saw some other flies on one of the other Washington shooters pages, and they turned out not to be N.B.Flies...

I'll await the wisdom of the collected bugophiles. :)

I just checked a few of the eristalis pages and found some fuzzy flies there. Hadromyia for one. Best to wait for the experts.

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