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Hover Fly - Toxomerus marginatus

Hover Fly - Toxomerus marginatus
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA

Moved from Toxomerus.


Right the first time
It's Toxomerus marginatus. (The less common T. geminatus has a "keyhole" in the pattern, while your third and final choice - T.politus - looks very different. Disclaimer: Florida has others.)

Ron-Thanks for straightening me out here!
I was looking at a lot of Hover Flies and became very confused with the comments by Martin Hauser regarding marginatus vs geminatus here:

I am still not clear why the fly pictured there is geminatus and not marginatus.
It is the only one that I see there that looks like marginatus.
The body shape even stands out as being different (to my untrained eye)than the others in the geminatus group.


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