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Unknown Fly - Ocyptamus fuscipennis

Unknown Fly - Ocyptamus fuscipennis
Auburn, Alabama, USA
July 30, 2004
About 1/4" in length. Suspect this could be a hover fly (aphid fly?). Seek a positive ID.

Moved from Ocyptamus.

Ocyptamus fuscipennis
Ocyptamus fuscipennis

Hello everybody,
As already mentioned before, this species of Syrphidae with darkened wings is probably of the genus Ocyptamus, and not Baccha.
In Baccha there is only one species (B. elongata, look at, and it has no clouded wings!
Gerard Pennards

Gerard: Thanks for your ID and taking the time to check this specimen out!

Flower fly
Yes, definitely a flower fly, family Syrphidae, something on the order of the genus Bacca.

Hello Lew -- I'm a botanist/biologist. I can't identify the fly for you, but I compliment you on the beautiful image of a St. Andrew's Cross (St Johns-wort). I took the liberty of saving the image for archives. I trust that will meet with your approval. Give my best to Craig Guyer in the Herp. Dept. Darryl (Conecuh County).

Unknown Fly
Thanks Darryl for the comments. You are certainly free to save my image to your archive. I have some other wildflowers on my pbase photo site at I may have incorrect id's on some of these and would appreciate any comments you have. Thanks again, Lew Scharpf

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