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Syrphid? - Somula decora

Syrphid? - Somula decora
Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
May 20, 2004
Looks like a wasp-mimic, but I don;t know if it is a Syrphid or a type of Soldier fly...any ideas?

Moved from Somula.

This is definately S. decora
This is definately S. decora

The wing venation is that of a syrphid. It is actually easiest to see in the shadow of the wing!
Anyway, most syrphids have a distinctive series of closed cxells at the wing margin, and they have a "vena spuria" as well, although it is not obvious in this picture.
-Sean McCann

I agree.
This is probably Somnula decora, a really lovely, unique syrphid that I think mimics scoliid wasps. Nice shot!

Thanks Eric!
Are you pretty sure on the ID...should I build a guide page for it?

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