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Photo#876887
Fly on Rabbitbrush - Platycheirus

Fly on Rabbitbrush - Platycheirus
Coffeepot Lake, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
October 14, 2013
Black with gold markings.

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Fly on Rabbitbrush - Platycheirus Fly on Rabbitbrush - Platycheirus Fly on Rabbitbrush - Platycheirus

Moved
Moved from Bacchini.

Moved
Moved from Syrphid Flies.

ID: Paragus sp. with about 90% certainty
See details at this related post of what might well be the same individual.


Species ID highly unlikely. Bronze color of thorax is found on many within this genus. Antennae appear to be variable, but this may be a matter of camera angle.

 
Thanks for your help. I have
Thanks for your help. I have not been familiar with Paragus, so this gives me something to research this winter. Hopefully I can get better images next year.
Jeanne

 
It was interesting for me to dig into this.
I've always liked Paragus, but had a rather narrow view of it. That came from seeing a great preponderance of males with red abdomens. The first time I saw a mating pair, I couldn't imagine the flies were of the same species since the female was so much larger and monochromatic bronze. In the field, a lot of these little guys are overlooked, and they're also wary and down low, hence hard to shoot. Once you've started seeing them, you'll see lots more.

 
Red abdomen and everly large
Red abdomen and everly large head? Now you have triggered a memory. I think I might have a couple of those taken in previous years that were not large enough to submit, so I never knew what they were. I will look for them and see if they look like your Paragus. I bet they do!
Thanks again,
Jeanne

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Looks like a member of the Sy
Looks like a member of the Syrphidae - more specifically something in subfamily Syrphinae. Can't tell you more beyond that at this point - apologies! The combination of what looks to me like a dark face and complete bands on the abdomen is puzzling...

 
Syrphid is safe.
I'm similarly baffled, Kelsey.

Jeanna, was it really tiny? Overall look and posture is that of Paragus, but pattern is something else!

This one looks close:

 
Yes, Ron it is fairly tiny an
Yes, Ron it is fairly tiny and I chased one around at this site for several weeks. I did get it on the camera on another day and was a little farther away, but will upload those in a separate submission because more of the face is visible. Thanks for your help!
Jeanne

 
My pleasure, Jeanne.
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I've just uploaded another im
I've just uploaded another image that shows more of the abdomen. Does this help? Thanks for your assistance!
Jeanne

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