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Bee Fly? - Toxomerus occidentalis - female

Bee Fly? - Toxomerus occidentalis - Female
Big Basin Redwoods SP, HQ area, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
June 13, 2009
Size: 1/4 to 1/2" long?
this is the flower of Tritelia Laxa, if that helps with the size.

Moved from Flies.

Moved from ID Request.

Moved for expert attention.

Family Syrphidae - Syrphid Flies
Family Syrphidae - Syrphid Flies: Flower Flies, hover flies. Although some Syrphid Flies can look bee-like.

Maybe T. occidentalis?

A female, I think.

Let's see if the experts agree.

all the way to gender.

FYI, Scott, bee flies are typically fuzzy, while syrphids are smooth.

Thanks, that's another tool I'll carry around while trying to ID these critters.

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