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Syrphid Flies Volucella bombylans-complex - Volucella bombylans-complex

Syrphid Flies Volucella bombylans-complex - Volucella bombylans-complex
Arnprior, Ontario, Canada
July 11, 2010
Size: 12-14mm

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Syrphid Flies Volucella bombylans-complex - Volucella bombylans-complex Syrphid Flies Volucella bombylans-complex - Volucella bombylans-complex

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Moved from ID Request.

lured....
Seems as if the mimicry works: It is a flower fly (Diptera: Syrphidae) mimicking bumble-bees. Your shots showing a female specimen of Volucella bombylans.

so long,
xylo

 
Bumble Bee-Flower Fly
Did fool me. Thank you so much for you help.

 
Best way to tell them apart...
Look at the antennae on these guys, then look at the antennae of bees. The flys have aristate antennae, the three segmented antennae, with a hair sticking out. Bees have longer, more filiform antennae.

here's a good illustration:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7a/Insect_antennae.svg/750px-Insect_antennae.svg.png

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