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Photo#24023
small dark fly - Syritta pipiens - female

small dark fly - Syritta pipiens - Female
Larimer County, Colorado, USA
July 10, 2005
on catnip flower

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Syrphid: Syritta pipiens!
Hello Scott,
This is a syrphid fly in the genus Syritta, and the species is S. pipiens!
This one is the female.
Greetings,
Gerard Pennards

 
s. pipiens
Thanks! The wider abdomen and the red band on the upper leg made me think this might not have even been the same species as the other specimen. Are those the indicators of this one being female, and are there other traits to look for to determine that?

 
The eyes
In most Syrphidae the male has bigger eyes that meet at the top of the head (also the abdomen is thinner). Look at some other syrphids and you'll be able to tell the sexes apart very easily. Don't forget to add sex info to your entries, it helps others.

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