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Any info on this Hover fly? - Melangyna - female

Any info on this Hover fly? - Melangyna - Female
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 18, 2006
Could this be Scaeva pyrastri? Any other info would be great.

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Any info on this Hover fly? - Melangyna - female Any info on this Hover fly? - Melangyna - female

Looks like Melangyna fisherii
Looks like Melangyna fisherii to me - the spots on tergite 2 are large, nearly reaching the front of the tergite along its entire width and the sides for quite some distance. They look identical to Figure 143 in Vockeroth 1992.

M. umbellatarum should have somewhat smaller spots on tergite 2, according to Vockeroth, but I'd defer to Gerard here.

Yes, Melangyna female
It is, and indeed it's looks a lot like Melangyna umbellatarum, which is widespread in Europe but also occurs in the Nearctic! So, it could very well be this species, but I don't know all the species in the Nearctic, so it is possible it is another one!
greetings,

It is for sure not a Scaeva,
It is for sure not a Scaeva, I have to check again, but it looks like a Melangyna.

 
Fly ID
Thanks Martin for the info. It looks like a Melangyna umbellatarum but it was in google and the site was German I think, so I'm not sure if it is out west here.

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