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Aphid eater on milkweed. It is another boy! - Eupeodes - male

Aphid eater on milkweed. It is another boy! - Eupeodes - Male
Schuylkill Nature Center, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Size: 10 mm
Ventral view. It looks quite different from the Syrphus that I raised last year.
11/29/09

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Moved
Moved from American Hover Fly.

Moved

Have you considered Epistrope?
Sometimes I can figure those out, but not here. What I look for is a mottled effect - sort of "marbleized" on the light stripes atop the abdomen. That said, my best guess here is Eupeodes, though I'm far from certain. (I believe your "not Syrphus" call is right on target.)

 
I'll get more shots
The crazy thing continues to be too frisky, although it spent the night in the fridge. I added a close-up of the abdomen.
So far, what I see is that the black marks on the ventral area of the abdomen are similar to those of the one IDed as Eupeodes and very different from Syrphus. I don't know if this has any taxonomic significance.

The larva of Epistrophe looks quite different from this one.

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