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hornet mimic fly - Spilomyia fusca

hornet mimic fly - Spilomyia fusca
Keene, Essex County, New York, USA
August 11, 2008


Great bug! I think with those antennae and eyes that this is probably a fly - maybe a tabanid? Cool!

Syrphid fly, actually.
Hey, if you're called "flower fly", it could be advantageous to mimic something nastier. Horse fly or hornet would be good choices.

I'll try to find this later. If you have a chance meanwhile, search on "hornet mimic" and see what pops up. Also, browse Eristalinus among the syrphids. (They're often the ones with fancy eyes.)

(Written later) I didn't go over this one thoroughly, but have a look:

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