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Unknown fly - Eristalis dimidiata

Unknown fly - Eristalis dimidiata
Calgary/South Glenmore Park, Alberta, Canada
June 21, 2007
A fly on an Alberta wild rose.

Moved from Eristalis.

Moved from ID Request.

Eristalis sp.

I think you are right. This picture of mine looks very much like the one that Ron Curtis took at this link Eristalis - Eristalis dimidiata - Female

The expert speaks.
Thanks, Gerard.

A syrphid, but that's as far as I can take it.
Please move your post here for expert attention:

If you need info on how to move, check the Help tab, or ask here.

Just a guess: Eumerus sp. (Legs look a bit different, though, plus yours has a pattern in the wings.)

I am not qualified to move the image
and I don't know how. Sorry...but thanks for the help in the ID

No problem. We'll do a walk-through.
Click on the word tag under your photo. A thumbnail of your image will appear in the left margin.

Navigate to where you need to go. In this case, use this link:

Now click on move tagged images. The thumbnail disappears, and your image is inserted with the others.

Check the Help tab for info on other site features, or simply ask!

It is not that I cannot do it but I have no background in insects other than I discovered I like to take pictures of the ones I encounter when I go on birding/wildflower outings. I would be annoying if I started putting my pics in the wrong places.

I do appreciate the comments that I receive though and resolve to take better pictures in the future.

It's ok to move it
Not all of us are experts. I've picked up enough experience hanging around here to know a few things, and more importantly, to know my limitations (most of the time), but I have no formal training in entomology.

You don't have to be able to identify something accurately to the species to move it out of ID request- the idea is to get it where someone who specializes in a group will see it. If you know it's a fly, you can move it to the Diptera page. If you know what family it is, you can move it to the family page.

Since you're not comfortable with your own ability to make IDs, the best thing you can do is follow the IDs being made to see who the experts and knowledgeable amateurs are, and wait until one of them makes a suggestion.

Ron is not an entomologist, but he has enough experience with flies (more than I do, by now) to recognize the family Syrphidae, which he was recommending as the place to move it.

Your photo's fine.
The only improvement here would be a bit tighter cropping.

It's good you're careful about placing pictures. Just post to ID Request until you feel comfortable doing otherwise.

I noted for you that Gerard is an expert. It's a good idea to check people's credentials to know who's who.

Be cautious identifying flies to species from photos until you have more experience. Even then, it's chancy.

Glad to have you here! You have a good approach to this website.

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