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Syrphid Fly

Syrphid Fly
Pickens County, Georgia, USA
October 15, 2009
Size: length approx. 10 mm.
Found near porch lights.

Big crop on these pics so unfortunately there's not much detail. Feel free to frass.

I know basically nothing about flies. I just scanned BG and thought that Family Syrphidae looked pretty close. I could be way off of course.

Thanks in advance for any comments on ID.

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Moved from Syrphini.

Moved from Eupeodes.

Moved from ID Request.

Thanks guys!
Thanks for the helpful info on this fly, but especially for the great entertainment!

We do anniversary parties, weddings, and bar mitzvas.
Rates on request. Email Robert.

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You just have to pay separate shipping & handling

separate shipping and handling...for the red wig?

Naw, wig travels with me.
However, carriers will accept Robert only if he is crated and placed in the cargo hold.

Good call on syrphid. And a nice way to post!
You picked the right two to frass, but with other syrphids a face shot can come in handy. On flies, view of the pattern on the back and detail on wing veins can be crucial. Here, however, the side shot - normally not important - is the most telling. Note the black margin between the top and bottom of the abdomen. That signifies Eupeodes sp. Eye spacing says female. (On many male flies, this species included, larger eyes touch at top/front.)

Generally, you want to post flies to Flies (Diptera) for expert attention. I'll see them here at ID Request at any rate, but I'm no expert.

Note that Robert misspells my name with some regularity. At least he didn't call me Chuck Hamburger. The guy is quite artsy, but does have trouble with letters. Once, he even mispunctuated the name of our esteemed editor =v=.

I thought Hemberger was your pen name, thus hiding your celebrity identity, Ronald McDonald :)

I've got to lose that carnsarned red wig!

Carnsarned ?
Now that's a confounding word if I've ever heard one.

Absolutely Right
I, too, know little about flies, but I do know this is a syrphid. Sit tight and the Syrphid Fly Guru, Ron Hamburger will bring you enlightenment :)

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