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Squiggle Eyes at Gathering_2008 - Orthonevra nitida - female

Squiggle Eyes at Gathering_2008 - Orthonevra nitida - Female
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Indian Gap, near parking), Sevier County, Tennessee, USA
August 9, 2008
I believe I have the species right. There are seven Nearctic species in the genus. The Syrphid Flies of Ontario site says of the five species in Ontario, only O. nitida has the squiggly lines. Also, my image seems to match Nicolas Gompel's excellent images already on BugGuide. Some variation in the precise pattern of squiggles seems okay, from what I have seen of O. nitida images.

We just emailed Mike
to see if we need to be more specific on location for the needs of the park and their taxa survey. You may want to add more, or you may want to wait to see what Mike says. Great trip Stephen.

Day trips
Remind me of the locations of our daytrips? The first was from the Sugarland visitor's center along a small river. The second stop was where the big stone monument to Rockefeller was, what was that location called? Then there was the lunch stop where there were three trails (blueberries and Long-tailed Skipper here)--was that called Newfound Gap? And then the fourth stop was Clingman's Dome (and in my case the walk was below the Dome).

The location of this fly was very close to the wayside parking at our third stop, which I believe was called Newfound Gap.

David should tell us,
but our recollection:
1st stop along river near Sugarlands, we think even called Sugarlands Trail
2nd stop Newfound Gap: parking lot is in North Carolina and we're thinking our hike was too
3rd stop, lunch at Indian gap, right on the state line, but hikes went into Tennessee
4th stop, Clingman's Dome. Dome is on state line, but we think parking lot is in North Carolina.

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