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Hoverfly?  Bee? - Villa

Hoverfly? Bee? - Villa
Columbia, SC, Lexington Country County, South Carolina, USA
July 4, 2010
Size: approx. 1/2 inch
Found this feeding on my zinnias, along with the many bees I have around. Haven't seen one like this, though, and he was the only one. I looked through all the hoverflies on the guide, and I couldn't spot anything quite right. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Hoverfly?  Bee? - Villa Hoverfly?  Bee? - Villa

Moved from Bee Flies.

Moved from Flies.

Moved from ID Request.

Bee Fly (Bombyliidae).
The experts should be able to narrow it down for you.

Thanks again, Ken! Sheila
Thanks again, Ken!

For prompt, expert review...
Please move your post to be flies.

While I'm not 100% sure this is correct, syrphids (aka hover or flower flies) are supposed to resemble honey bees, while bee flies look more like bumble bees. I think that's a bit of a stretch, but may help in the field.

Furry transverse colored bands on the abdomen are common in the bee fly subfamily Anthracinae, and these bands remind me of Villa.

(Not an ID.)

The bee mimic Syrphidae are differently fuzzy.

Thank you, Ron. Sorry for my
Thank you, Ron. Sorry for my ignorance, but I don't know how to move my posts. ???

Sheila, usually someone will be quick to help.
Especially Ken! When you get a chance, take a look at the Help tab, which is sort of a mini manual for the site.

Moved 'em for you.
For future reference... Click on "tag" or "tag all" (for multiple images). Then, navigate to the place they need to go, select the Images tab, and click on "moved tagged images" at the upper left of the page.

Bless you, Ken. I appreciate your patience with me, as always!

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