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Syrphid Fly? - Merodon equestris - male

Syrphid Fly? - Merodon equestris - Male
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
February 25, 2006
Size: 0.5 inch
Indoors, at the same window for a couple days.
Resembles this Merodon equestris.

Merodon
This is indeed a male Merodon equestris. If you found it this time of the year inside your house, it is very likely that it emerged out of a house plant. The larvae of this (European) species live in plant bulbs.
I will move the picture to the right place.
Martin

 
Thanks, Martin.
Thanks for the information, Martin. It's interesting to learn where the fly comes from. We have a lot of Amaryllis that summer outside; maybe it likes those bulbs.

 
There is some life-history in
There is some life-history information on this website, it is not the best but helpful:
http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG136/fly4.html
Cheers
Martin

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