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Another wasp to ID - Spilomyia - female

Another wasp to ID - Spilomyia - Female
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 8, 2005
Caught this was on some fennel flowers. Looks different from any others I have seen. ID would be helpful if anyone knows what it is. Thanks.

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Another wasp to ID - Spilomyia - female Another wasp to ID - Spilomyia - female

Not longicornis,
which has continuous yellow stripes across the abdomen. Also, S. longicornis is reported from Minnesota to Quebec, and south to Texas and Florida. But these are nice images of a female, which could be S. interrupta. Yet, foxleei and citima look similar and occur also in B.C. Try to take a couple of mug shots (frontal and lateral) next time you see one; interrupta and citima have a ventrally produced tubercle (imagine a 'chin'), not so in foxleei. There are other characters to consider but not visible here.
Reference: Key to the New World Species of Spilomyia, in the paper by C.F. Thompson cited on the Information page.

Not wasp, but Syrphid fly!
And it is a female that belongs to the genus Spilomyia!
In the Nearctic there are about 11 species, and in the guide we have S. longicornis who looks a bit like this one, but I'm not sure whether it's the same!
Gerard Pennards

Thank You
Thank you both for the info.

It has the eyes of a fly! But we don't know which one. Maybe Patrick will comment since it looks like his

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