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Photo#250670
Bird Hover Fly - Eupeodes volucris - female

Bird Hover Fly - Eupeodes volucris - Female
Lacey (near Olympia), Thurston County, Washington, USA
May 18, 2008

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Bird Hover Fly - Eupeodes volucris - female Bird Hover Fly - Eupeodes volucris - female

Moved
Moved from Eupeodes.

Eupeodes sp.
Female!

 
why not Scaeva?
why not Scaeva?

 
Hey Martin
In my opinion Scaeva has spots which are a bit different from these, they are more angular, look for example at this picture:
http://www.veluwe-insecten.nl/zweefvliegen/scaeva/scaeva_pyrastri_3.jpg

The second point is also clear from this picture: it's forehead isn't as bulging as it should be in Scaeva, the distance between the eyes at the ocellair triangle is bigger in Scvaeva than the animal on this picture.
So, in my opinion, it should be an Eupeodes!
Greetings, Gerard
PS How are you doing? Do you already have nice results of the TIGER project?

 
Gerard, you are right and I t
Gerard, you are right and I think this is Eupeodes volucris!
Working hard on the TIGER material, and I am chewing my way through Asian and Australian Eumerus, and there are tons of new species and the common ones are all described 5 times... big mess
Cheers
Martin

 
Ah yes
E. volucris is a good candidate. Male is easy. female less easy but these whitish spots is a good indicator!
I hope one day we'll see the fruits of your hard labour, I have some Syrphids and Strats from Thailand who need a name! :-))
Greetings
Ps are you coming to the 2009 syrphidae symposium in Serbia?

 
ID upgrade: Eupeodes volucris
Thanks to new info from Martin Hauser.

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