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Syrphidae ? - Merodon equestris - male

Syrphidae ? - Merodon equestris - Male
Suffern, Rockland County, New York, USA
June 3, 2013
Boldly patterned thorax. Hairy face. Yellow on the tarsi. Should be easy for someone to ID. Unfortunately that someone isn't me. Uncle.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Mallota, but no idea of species.
Nice detail on the face.

If it's Mallota...
...then it's Mallota posticata because of the pilose eyes. I considered it long and hard, particularly because I had posted this one last week from another location:

However there are enough differences to give pause:
The black band is extremely dark and well defined.
The black band touches the wing joint. In other BG images there is yellow separation.
The thoracic hairs are more dull yellow-tawny than yellow like other BG images. However to my eye some of the BG images appear to be over-saturated in postprocessing.
If it weren't for the pilose eyes and the lack of a significant brown wing-spot, Mallota albipilis would fit. See
Perhaps Martin Hauser will have some input.
Thanks, Ron.

this one tricked you a bit...
this one tricked you a bit... it is the European Merodon....

Options: Laugh or Cry
I think I'll do both. The irony is that Ron recently ID'ed this Merodon of mine!

My, my, the back of the thorax is certainly variable.
Thanks, Martin for resolving the conundrum.

I have been mimiced to the point of error.
Thanks, Martin. Something did seem a bit off here. (It was I!)

Glad to help.

That was help?!

In the final analysis, no.
But you did thank me and I was being polite. I'll know better next time. Sorry for any confusion.

No confusion, Ron
I should have put a winking emoticon there. You are always most helpful. Besides, some of the most interesting journeys start from being wrong. Which is a good thing since I'm wrong so often.

Gotcha! Thanks for the clarification, John.
I've been dissed here a couple times lately and hence a bit touchy. Or is it touched?

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