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Hover fly - may be - Geron

Hover fly - may be - Geron
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Is that some species of hoverfly. It behaves like one, it flies like one. It was feeding on nectar.

Moved from Geron.

Maybe Bee Fly, Bombyliidae, perhaps genus Geron?
Wonderful photo. Flies are tough, but this reminds me more of Bee Fly, Bombyliidae, than a Hover Fly (Syrphidae). I'm not sure at all, however.

Now, if I am in the correct family, I poked around in the images for that family at Insects of Cedar Creek, Minnesota. Most Bombyliidae have tinted wings, which your fly does not. However, this specimen of Geron species looks very close. This is just some plausible guesswork, not anything definitive, but the full-size photo of their specimen does look very similar to your photo.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Looks good
Thanks Patrick for fast reply. The bee fly looks very similar. I meant bee fly but put down something different. I know Bombyliidae and they are different. This one has much thiner body. Geron species looks very close and I am sure you are right. Thanks again. I will post more critters here. :-)

guide page...
Hey Charles,

I made a quick guide page and moved your image there. Nice pic btw :)

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