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Syrphidae laying eggs - Platycheirus - female

Syrphidae laying eggs - Platycheirus - Female
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
September 16, 2008
This is the strangest fly I have seen. I tried to focus on him but he didn't seem to have features, I thought the lens was fogged. Through the lens he looked like polished, gleaming, smooth sculpted metal. Unfortunately I was not able to get a dorsal view before he flew away.

I've been looking through the guide and can't find anything that looks like this image. The closest I've found is Volucellini or Copestylum.
I hope someone knows what this is.

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Syrphidae laying eggs - Platycheirus - female Syrphidae laying eggs - Platycheirus - female Syrphidae laying eggs - Platycheirus - female

Moved
Moved from Frass since no others show egg laying activity.

 
Good idea!
:-)

 
move
Ron, Thanks, I really appreciate on your commenting. I wasn't sure about moving them out of Frass.

Frassed
Moved from ID Request.

Platycheirus
Thanks everyone.
I don't know how I managed to get such strange images of this fly.

Sending to Frass.

There are
More syrphids who can have a more elongated snout like this one has besides Copestylum or the Volucellini in general.
In this case I'm quite sure it's a female Platycheirus indeed laying her eggs.
Greetings

You have the two best candidates.
Probably the only two candidates. I'd guess it's the more common Copestylum. Hope someone (Gerard?) can provide an ID to species. Yes, a dorsal view would have been good.

SHE does look like a prop robot indeed
(laying eggs, i guess)
sorry can't be of any help -- but will follow the developments

 
eggs - robot
yes - she really did look like a robot, the product of some crazy new technology, right in my back yard.

eggs-thank you.
I'll have to go out and try to find some. Do robots lay eggs?

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