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Fly - Syrphid? - Stratiomys

Fly - Syrphid? - Stratiomys
Minnetonka, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
July 7, 2013
Feeding on nectar of wild quinine, Parthenium integrifolium

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Fly - Syrphid? - Stratiomys Fly - Syrphid? - Stratiomys

Moved from Soldier flies.

Stratiomyidae: Stratiomys sp.
Stratiomyidae: Stratiomys sp....possibly S. norma

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Stratiomyidae, near Stratiomys, does sound better.

Thanks for your help
I will add another photo

Moved from ID Request.

While I'm not sure, various parts look like Syrphidae to me. I'll move it there and see if the family experts recognize it.

John, I had the same impression.
However, I fear we're both wrong. This is one odd beast!

The antennae and mouthparts do not line up with Diptera. Maybe a Megachilidae?

Pretty sure it's a fly with t
Pretty sure it's a fly with the haltere visible.

Agree with the fly... haltere
Agree with the fly... haltere, and the eyes and antennae aren't right for a bee.

Maybe Mydidae? The body reads syrphid to me, but the antennae aren't right, and my key suggests that Brachycera with long antennae that aren't the typical three-segmented thing might be Mydidae. But I'm not sure.

Stratiomyidae, maybe? (a gue
Stratiomyidae, maybe? (a guess more than anything)

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