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Syrphid flies - Lejops

Syrphid flies - Lejops
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Northeast County, District of Columbia, USA
July 13, 2013
Looks like a male and female syrphid. Are they in or near the genus Helophilus or Parhelophilus? None of the examples I saw in the guide had such light abdomens.

Moved
Moved from Lejops.

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Moved from ID Request.

Nice teamwork. I'd say Lejops for sure.
FYI, Helophilus is usually much more brightly colored.

This one seems to be Lejops distinctus, but I have no first-hand experience with the species. See this site, which also covers your other candidate:

http://www.canacoll.org/Diptera/Staff/Skevington/Syrphidae/Lejops/Lejops%201.jpg

I saw something like this on
I saw something like this on Monday. I think they might be Lejops, but I have not yet had a reply to my photos of them.

 
Lejops looks good
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I found records of L. distinctus and L. chrysostomus in MD and can't tell them apart.

L. distinctus: http://bugguide.net/node/view/71426/bgimage
L. chrysostomus: http://eol.org/pages/750479/overview/

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