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Fly - Microdon

Fly - Microdon
Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
June 18, 2008
Size: approx 1/4 inch
Not sure where in the guide to look. Any direction would be appreciated.

Moved from Flies.

I'd suggest Microdon sp. (Syrphidae)
Maggots of these special Syrphids are parasites in Ants' nests (mainly Formica of the fusca group(.

Greetings Richard,
I never would have guessed this to be a syrhpid - shows how much I know. I've still got a lot to learn.


Nice find!
Adult Microdon are not that commonly seen. Want to blow your mind? Check out the LARVAE! LOL!

Hi Eric,
Quite interesting. I may have actually seen one or two of the larvae - next time, I take a picture. There's one image in the guide that rather than looking like a mollusk, it kind of reminds me of what my pancakes look like . . . I'll probably never look at pancakes the same way again.


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