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Syrphidae - Eristalis Fly? - Ornidia obesa - female

Syrphidae - Eristalis Fly? - Ornidia obesa - Female
Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, USA
October 20, 2005
Size: 10 mm

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Syrphidae - Eristalis Fly? - Ornidia obesa - female Syrphidae - Eristalis Fly? - Ornidia obesa - female Syrphidae - Eristalis Fly? - Ornidia obesa - female

First I would like to say that this is an awesome fly! At first I thought it was a Green Bottle Fly, but then I saw the eyes were green too so I went to look at it for more info. I never knew that Syrphid flies could be this colorful. Also I know that not many insect occur in the near Arctic. I knew flies lived in the arctic but I never knew that they had a species with this much beauty! Wonderful specimen.

I have just one more question. Where did you find this fly? Since I don't see any pin heads sticking out of it's body I would assume it was alive when you took this photo?

This fly was dispatched with ethyl acetate. I then inserted in the ventral side a very small pin called a minuten (available from Bioquip) to hold the fly down to the styrofoam. This enabled me to position the legs. Then I took the photo with my camera. I use an Ott-Lite on a flex arm head to create artificial white light so no flash is necesary. If you look closely under the head, you can see a very small part of the pin I used. Hope this satisfies your curiosity. Happy bugging! :)

It seems that I can't delete this duplicate comment, please ignore.

The location is just beneath the image. It is not an Arctic species, words such as nearctic and holarctic refer to biogeographic regions that extend far beyond the Arctic.

female Ornidia obesa
Hello Scott,
Nice pictures! Congratulations with a new genus for Bugguide!
This is a syrphid fly from the genus Ornidia. In the nearctic there is only one species, Ornidia obesa!
Gerard Pennards

Thanks for the information
Gerard, I certainly appreciate the quick response and ID for this insect. It was new to me also. It glowed in the Florida sunshine today. I don't know how to move insects in Bug Guide into new species.

New species pages
Only contributing editors can create new pages; this is what I am trying to do, but first I want to make sure that I put it in the right place. So far I found out that it breeds in human latrines, see Diptera page

Genus Ornidia
Before we create a new page for this interesting fly, where does it belong, in Syrphini or something else? Sorry that I am so ignorant.

Eristalinae, Volucellini
Hello Beatriz,
Ornidia belongs to the tribe Volucellini and is the sister of Copestylum [Volucellini = Graptomyza + (Volucella + (Ornidia + Copestylum)) See also:
Gerard Pennards

Now, I can create a new page and I learned something else today.

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