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Sphaerophoria? - Sphaerophoria - female

Sphaerophoria? - Sphaerophoria - Female
Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
August 1, 2005
Size: ~1cm
On Queen Anne's Lace. Is this Sphaerophoria? Or another Syrphini?
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It is a female Sphaerophoria!
Gerard Pennards

Thanks, Gerard. How do you tell female from male?

Males and females
The eyes of the males are much larger and meet at the top of the head. If you look at the images of Syrphidae in the guide you will be able to tell the difference quickly.

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