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Bee Fly? on Cransebill Geranium - Platycheirus - male

Bee Fly? on Cransebill Geranium - Platycheirus - Male
Anu Nuevo State Reserve, north field, San Mateo County, San Mateo County, California, USA
April 8, 2011
Size: 7mm?
This is in a Coastal Prairie, vegetation here is usually less then 12 inches tall.
This particular Coastal Prairie has one of the highest bio diversity's around.

Moved from Bacchini.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Moved from ID Request.

Flower fly -
Family Syrphidae, and a male (eyes holoptic - more or less touching on top); genus Platycheirus I dare say.

Platycheirus, seconded.

Thanks Ron and Hartmut. I'm still taking photos of insects, lots of them but haven't had a chance to process and submit anything in the last year. The projects that took over will be winding down by this fall and I'll submit a lot more stuff.

Nice to hear from you, Scott.
Glad to know you're still out there hunting. I've pretty much quit shooting with the camera but continue to shoot off my mouth! I'll look forward to your syrphid shots in particular.

new shots
I've a few nice ones not sumbitted, but I doubt I've got any new species, though not everything was taken to species before.

I believe it is Dr Asher I need to get more prodabrus (sp? in the soldier beetle family?) shots to,I think I found another variation.

I don't know who does beetles. V. Belov is a good entry point.
Dr. Asher is bees.

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