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Photo#573350
Syrphid on Allium - Epistrophe? - Epistrophe grossulariae

Syrphid on Allium - Epistrophe? - Epistrophe grossulariae
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 1, 2011
Size: approx 10mm
On Allium tuberosum flowers. Browsing the guide leads me to think Epistrophe based on several features but I'll leave to the experts.

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Moved
Moved from Epistrophe.

Moved
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

A tough call, but I'd say Syrphus.
Light colored stripes appear to wrap from top of body to underside. In contrast, Eupeodes is banded, i.e. a thin black band separates top from bottom.

 
Tough ID
I'm no expert (far from it), just a careful observer. You commented on Photo#378900 that it was Epistrophe based on "hairy margin and sort of mottled look to the light stripes". This specimen does have a hairy margin on the abdomen, though perhaps not so pronounced as the Epistrophe specimen you attached that comment to. (and admittedly a bit difficult to see in these not-so-sharp shots of mine). To my eye, this specimen exhibits a pronounced "mottled look" to the light stripes. From Photo#31751 (an Epistrophe) came comments from Gerard Pennards: "Characteristic are the very straight abdominal bands, and of course general shape and color" This specimen also appears to have the very straight bands he notes and seems to be within the color range of the Epistrophe ID'd specimens. Thus, my conclusion and suggestion.

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