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Exoprosopa?? - Eristalis transversa

Exoprosopa?? - Eristalis transversa
Blanchard township, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA
June 28, 2011

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Exoprosopa?? - Eristalis transversa Exoprosopa?? - Eristalis transversa

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

I think
this is a Flower/Hover Fly (Syrphidae) not a Bee Fly.

Eristaline as a guess.

A good start. It's Eristalis transversa, female.
AKA Transverse Flower Fly. Marci, you lucked out. Because this is a common and colorful fly, I could ID it from the side. I almost called it Palpada sp. because of the thorax. (BTW, Palpada also works with Steve's guess.)

The single best shot of any fly is straight down from the top. If it's a colorful and non-fuzzy fly, it's likely a syrphid and what you want to show is the pattern on thorax and abdomen. If you can get a second shot, go for one that shows veins in the wings. Face or side makes for a good third shot.

If it's a bee fly - typically fuzzy and less colorful - wing pattern is essential.

Thanks a bunch for all your h
Thanks a bunch for all your help!! I was concerned about the bee fly ID I was guessing at because of the smoothness but it was all I had. Sometimes I don't have an option for many directional shots but certainly will keep trying. I'm going to make a listing of what needs to be photo'd for IDs - to the best of my abilities. Again, many thanks!!

Yeah, I know how it goes.
I promise the insect that, if it poses nicely, I'll try to get it on a magazine cover. Most of the time, they just ignore me. But every once in awhile...

Hey, it doesn't hurt anything to guess.

There are a couple forum articles indicating what shots are best. Check this one and don't let the title put you off:

There's another with more specifics, but I can't locate it now.

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