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bee or fly ? - Scaeva pyrastri

bee or fly ? - Scaeva pyrastri
San Simeon, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
June 29, 2009
Size: 1/2 inch or so
I don't know if this a bee or a fly or neither. Thanks for your help....Denise

Moved from Syrphini.

Moved from ID Request.

It's a fly
in the family Syrphidae--maybe something like this one:

Perhaps one of our experts will be able to give you a more definitive ID.

Syrphidae fly
Thanks a bunch for your speedy input....Denise

Pushing the ID a bit farther...
If you have a shot showing the back straight-on, I think I can get this to species. I'm pretty sure it's Scaeva pyrastri, but the nearly identical Eupeodes sp. is another possibility.

ID to Species: Scaeva pyrastri
Hairy eyes

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