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Milesia sp? - Helophilus

Milesia sp? - Helophilus
South Warner Mountains (Soup Springs), Modoc County, California, USA
September 23, 2012
I have exhaustively searched the images of Syrphidae without finding anything close. The plant is Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. albicaulis.

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

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

I believe it is something in Genus Helophilus, I am not able to narrow down further.

Jeff is correct - the indisti
Jeff is correct - the indistinct pterostima indicates Helophilus, but I can't tell you the species at present.

Jeff is correct - the indisti
Thank you Kelsey. As I don't have a view of the face, I suppose identifying the species is unlikely. In reviewing photos and distribution of Helophilus (about all that I can do) I would conclude that the species is likely to be arbustorum or hirta.

Thanks Jeff and Ken for a very prompt response. Don't know how i missed that. Part of my problem was that Eristalini, and thus, Helophilus was not represented in the Guide photos for Eristalinae. I know that continuous links can not be provided for every species. A problem for amateurs like me.

If you mean the photos... the top of the subfamily page, they're randomly generated and will change as you refresh page.

If you mean the photos
Yes, I meant the photos and this is so for Tribe, Subtribe and Genus as well. Thanks for the great tip.

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