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tiny syrphid - Melanostoma mellinum - male

tiny syrphid - Melanostoma mellinum - Male
Millcreek Twp, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 24, 2021
Found near butterfly weed. Its tiny size is at the limit of what my camera can manage, but hoping for an ID. I do have pics from other angles.

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tiny syrphid - Melanostoma mellinum - male tiny syrphid - Melanostoma mellinum tiny syrphid - Melanostoma mellinum - male

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Melanostoma mellinum ... male
Melanostoma mellinum ... male.
There is only one Melanostoma on the Nearctic Checklist, Melanostoma mellinum, but it is almost certain this comprises a complex of more than one species.
This one is unusal as they usually have the hind leg with femur and tibia partly black.

 
I'm always amazed by and envi
I'm always amazed by and envious of the IDs that can be made by experts. I poured over the Field Guide to Flower Flies, and the best I could do was guess that it was a Platycheirus. It's a lot of fun to watch experts at work. :-)

 
Platycheirus males with quadr
Platycheirus males with quadrate yellow/orange markings have the front tibiae or front tarsi expanded.

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