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Please tell me it's a fly!  :) - Eristalis arbustorum - female

Please tell me it's a fly! :) - Eristalis arbustorum - Female
Clarenville, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
July 11, 2006
Size: 2cm estimated
I'm having a hard time distinguishing bees from flies. I hope I'm not going to embarrass myself again after Omar's great tutorials and call this a fly if it's a bee. I think it's a fly because it has only one pair of wings as far as I can tell and its antennae are very short. The only thing that confuses me is that I can see three dots on top of the head that I assume are ocelli. I thought flies do not have them. It's very hard to see these bumps in these small photos but they are there in the full size images. So, is this a fly as I think it is? Is a more specific ID possible? Is this the same species as the other similar one I just posted for ID?   The silver behind the eyes seems shorter on this one than on the other one.

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Please tell me it's a fly!  :) - Eristalis arbustorum - female Please tell me it's a fly!  :) - Eristalis arbustorum - female Please tell me it's a fly!  :) - Eristalis arbustorum - female Please tell me it's a fly!  :) - Eristalis arbustorum - female

it
IS a fly. i said most flies lack ocelli but it looks like this one has them. belive me Mardon, I am learning with you.

 
Syrphid?
The more I look at this fly the more I'm inclined to say that it's in the Family Syrphidae. Those patterns on the abdomen and the shape of the head is very similar. Check here.

 
Eristalis arbustorum?
My specimen looks to me to be identical to this one
Eristalis sp. - Eristalis arbustorum - female
that has been  ID'd as an Eristalis arbustorum female. I don't think it looks as much like the Family Syrphidae. I'm tempted to move mine to the Eristalis arbustorum guide page.  What do you think?

 
Family Syrphidae
I don't think it looks as much like the Family Syrphidae.

Isn't Eristalis arbustorum IN the family Syrphidae? When I look at the taxonomic heirarchy it is as follows:

Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae) » Eristalinae » Eristalini » Eristalis » Eristalis arbustorum

Unless of course, I've been reading bugguide wrong?

I agree with you that that is the proper species however. :)

 
Opps! - Thanks
Thanks for correcting me on the taxonomy. I don't know where my mind was when I wrote that previous post. I agree wholeheartedly that this is from the Family Syrphidae. Since there seems to be agreement on the species too, I'll move it to the Eristalis arbustorum guide page. Thanks again for the correction.

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