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Syrphid Fly? - Eumerus

Syrphid Fly? - Eumerus
Springfield, Virginia, USA
October 16, 2004
I found this small fly sunbathing on a stone in my garden. Any help identifying is appreciated.

Though its markings resemble those of syrphids, I think this is a stratiomyiid (Soldier fly). They are quite common in spring, but can be found throughout the year in many places. I usually find them in the same places I would a syrphid: on flowers. The elongated antenna, plus a circular cell in the outer wing, are key to the family.
S. Gingras

No, it truely is Eumerus (Syrphidae)
Also have a look at the images on, in particular In that picture you can see the crooked marginal vein in the wing tip, which is also visible in the specimen here. Soldier flies never have crooked veins in that part of the wing.


This reminds me of the European Eumerus species. Larvae attack bulbs. Maybe this gets you on the way.


Thanks, Paul. Eumerus looks like a good match, at least with the handful of pics I was able to find doing a web search. Most of the info I found through searching, however, led me to European sites.

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