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Might this be a Bee-like Robber Fly? - Brachypalpus alopex

Might this be a Bee-like Robber Fly? - Brachypalpus alopex
Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
March 5, 2012
Size: 18mm
I might have a better idea after I have a chance to look at some photos.

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Moved from Syrphid Flies.

 
Thanks, Martin!
...I still think it is a bit bee-like...

 
It is bee like for sure.... I
It is bee like for sure.... I love these big Syrphids which look like bees and wasps....

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Moved from Bee-like Robber Flies.

Not a robber.

 
Sorry about that!
It sure behaved strangely. It seemed to burrow under one of my plastic garbage cans outside that was sitting on some loose dirt. I thought it was injured at first because one wing was sticking out at over 90 degrees, but then it pulled the wing back in place, so I guess it was just grooming.

I forgot to add the size originally. It was 18mm.

Makes us think of Syrphidae
such as

but the dipterists who know wing venation should be able to give you a much firmer reply.

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My connection is way too slow to allow more that a cursory check but I think Laphria is correct.

I welcome any corrections to my ID

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