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Bee or fly? - Eupeodes volucris - female

Bee or fly? - Eupeodes volucris - Female
Mojave Desert, California, USA
March 24, 2005
Found while observing the fantastic desert wildflower bloom this past spring.

Moved from Eupeodes.

Syrphid, genus Eupeodes
This is not a Scaeva, because their heads are much more swollen and that would be clearly visible. This is a female in the genus Eupeodes. The characteristic of this genus in comparison with the related genus of Epistrophe (from a photograph that is) lies in the edge of the sides of the abdomen. In Eupeodes the sides of the abdomen have a clear and sharp edge, well visible in this picture. In Epistrophe this is much more rounded. Look at the abdomen of this one:
Gerard Pennards

Probably E. volucris

Definitely E. volucris

Thank you, Gerard
I've learned something about Syrphids now!

Syrphid fly
I can't delete this duplicate comment, please ignore it.

Syrphid fly
It looks like some of the ones in this page, but let us wait for one of the Syrphid experts to give their opinion.

Syrphid fly
It's a Syrphidae, but I can't tell you which one it is. Maybe someone that knows these better can identify it further for you.
Nice shot.

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