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Is this a bee fly? - Palpada texana

Is this a bee fly? - Palpada texana
Seven Springs, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA
June 27, 2013
Size: 10 - 15mm
These insects have been around my wild flower field over the last few days. They seem to be pollen feeders and have been seen mostly on false dandelions.

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Is this a bee fly? - Palpada texana Is this a bee fly? - Palpada texana

Moved
Moved from Palpada furcata.

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Moved from Palpada.

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Moved from Syrphid Flies.

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Moved from ID Request.

Fly
I think as I only see one wing on each side. Family Syrphidae that experts will be able to handle better than I.

Eristalinae, actualy.

 
Thanks Steve, very helpful.
Thanks Steve, very helpful.

 
Eristalis sp.
Mike if you want tighter IDs on syrphids, please shoot straight down from the top. Seeing the pattern and the wing veins is essential.

While not universally true, bee flies are typically fuzzy, while syrphids are smooth.

 
Thanks for the tip but its no
Thanks for the tip but its not always possible while holding the camera in one hand and the flower steady in the other. I do my best to get the best image I can at the time.

 
Mike, of course you're right and I knew that.
Hey, try manual focusing like a lot of us do. You'll lose the flower fast.

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