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Syrphid - Palpada vinetorum - male

Syrphid - Palpada vinetorum - Male
fayetteville, washington County, Arkansas, USA
August 8, 2006
Size: ~15mm
not the best picture, but i did not have a better one that was just a dorsal view... but perhaps in the genus Palpada?

Moved to species level
Moved from Palpada. The species ID looks pretty good on this one, Giff Beaton has additional images, see the new species guide page.

Yes!! Male Palpada vinetorum
Palpada sp. it is, and in this case it is a male.
Difficult genus to go to species, there are several species (11 in the nearctic to be exact) and I don't know them all.
But, I am pretty sure this is Palpada vinetorum, because of the amount of yellow on the abdomen and scutellum, and because it has a black band over the gray thorax!
Greetings, Gerard

thank you very much for the information and ID Gerard.

Certainly looks like the others in the guide, but you may want to wait for Gerard's opinion because I'm just guessing.

i liked calling it something in the genus Palpada, but i am afraid to commit on something like a Syrphid, as i really do not know much about them. thank you for the info, and perhaps Gerard or others will know for sure.

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