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Syrphid (Not Bee Fly) - Parhelophilus

Syrphid (Not Bee Fly) - Parhelophilus
Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
June 21, 2009
Size is comparable to that of a honey bee

Moved from Lejops.

Moved from subgenus Anasimyia.

Moved from Lejops.

Moved from Lejops.

I guess "Moved from Lejops" = "Moved to Lejops"?
Generated messages of that type get to me, although I am in awe of this system for how it manages this data base!

Thanks Keith and Gerrard for the ID. I'm going to have to take a look and try to reverse engineer your identification!

- mistake post

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

A Syrphid, and it's in the genus Lejops, subgenus Anasimyia!
So, it's a Lejops (Anasimyia) sp.!

It does not appear that there is a page for subgenus Anasimyia?
...Although there seem to be a few members of this group on the guide. Thanks again for the ID!

For some insight on this matter...
...please see this forum topic. I'm uncertain as to what the feeling is currently on adding the subgenera beneath Lejops... Perhaps you should post a comment to that forum topic and ask?

Thanks, Harry, for the explanation
Subgenus was a new one on me. I understand...I think, but maybe I'd better take another look. If I understand it correctly this would be considered Lejops anasimyia, here and there would need to be an anasimyia species page in order to designate this insect completely.

My understanding of taxonomy is still pretty tentative...
...but I don't think that it would be Lejops anasimyia. Before being renamed on BugGuide to "Lejops", "Anasimyia" was considered a genus as well. I'm not certain, but I don't think it was ever applied as a species name. If we were to create "No Taxon" pages for a subgenus (as we have done here, for example), then your image would be referenced as "Lejops (Anasimyia)". Please forgive me if my understanding on this issue is flawed, and if so, I certainly hope that someone more knowledgeable will correct me.

BTW, I'm female and my name is "Harsi". (*smile*)

Ack! You're female!
Sorry, Harsi! I really knew your name was Harsi. Sometimes when I type I start words and just finish them on auto-pilot with whatever letters my fingers care to substitute. I have to admit, though, that I did not know...Well, anyway...

I think it might make sense to have a separate guide page for this specimen, but I have no clue how that would be accomplished. I am no entomologist, however, I do generally like to compare my submissions with others already identified. Pretty basic, but that requires a place to look where identified examples would be!

Moved from Flies.

OK, I'm going out on a limb...
...because I'm really not that certain of my guess here. But, I'm going to give it a shot and when the experts come around, we will see if I'm even close! I think this is a syrphid (Syrphidae) and not a bee fly (Bombylidae). The pattern on the abdomen makes me think that this is potentially a Helophilus species, but usually there are two very apparent lengthwise lighter stripes visible on the thorax. However, I did find this specimen which looks almost as dark and indistinct in the thorax area as yours does:
(Be sure to read the attached comments when you click on the thumb below.)

Again, just a guess on my part and (believe me!) I could be way off.

I'm not sure...
Your fly is much closer than I realized, however, it doesn't have nearly the amount of hair! The wings, if better defined would probably help quite a bit. I will wait for some more input!

It's a syrphid, but not one I know.
Quite hairy, yes, but not like a bee fly. You're right about wing veins, Mac. Syrphids have a spurious vein. Posture, rear legs and pattern on abdomen do point to syrphid.

Hairy issue...
I thought about that when I made my initial guess and did make a point of confirming that at least some of the Helophilus in the guide are indeed quite hairy:

Still, 'tis only a guess and I will not be at all surprised if it turns out to be wrong...

I see it now!
It is more and more syrphid every time I look!

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