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Persistent flower-visiting fly - Rhingia nasica - female

Persistent flower-visiting fly - Rhingia nasica - Female
Shaw Nature Reserve near Gray Summit, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
September 23, 2009
Size: 10 mm
I spotted this fly visiting the Impatiens pallida flower in the picture, one of several in bloom on the plant this late in the season. When I disturbed the fly, it flew to a nearby leaf and lighted. After nearly a full minute, it returned to the same flower and went back in for its previously-interrupted nectar meal.

Syrphidae?

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Persistent flower-visiting fly - Rhingia nasica - female Persistent flower-visiting fly - Rhingia nasica - female Persistent flower-visiting fly - Rhingia nasica - female

Moved
Moved from Flies.

Yes, syrphid
Pretty sure it's in tribe Volucellini, perhaps Copestylum. Look for the "beak" if you're checking them out. (I'll try again later to place this better.)

 
This one did have a "beak"
This one did have quite a proboscis, which unflexed forward of the head as it entered the flower mouth. Or did you mean the beak formed by the palps when the fly was at rest?

 
Try Rhingia nasica
Compare with these.

 
Perfect, Tom
That's the one I was thinking about.

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