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bee - Helophilus fasciatus

bee - Helophilus fasciatus
west of chicago, Illinois, USA
September 25, 2013

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

ID: Helophilus fasciatus

Nice parallel effort by Kelly and Moorman!

FYI,Parahelophilus and Lejops can have a similar look, particularly on their thoraxes.

is the Syrphid another name for the Hoverfly?

Yes. They're also called flower flies.
Here, we're most likely to refer to them as syrphids. In the UK, hover fly would be the more frequent name. (BTW, if something's a real fly, like bee fly, it's two words. If not, like dragonfly, it's one.)

Cropped and moved for expert attention.
Moved from ID Request.

Syrphid Fly
It looks like a Syrphid fly of the Helophilus genus . See reference here.

This looks more like a flower
This looks more like a flower fly than a bee. Family Syrphidae, but there are many similar species. I'll let someone more knowledgeable take it from here.

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