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Temnostoma balyras

Temnostoma balyras
Parkwood, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
May 3, 2014
Size: 12 mm
Size estimated. Appears to be a Temonstoma (corrections welcome, of course). Looks thin and the eyes look large, so perhaps a male, but I'm not quite sure. This individual was hanging out around a rotting log in a woodland. It was flighty, but would stop to bask in the sun, as the day was cool.
Update 4 May 2014: Image replaced with one showing last segment of abdomen better--note the pale pile. Compare T. balyras on this plate from Syrphidae of Ontario (1).
For what it's worth, T. balyras is noted from nearby Raleigh, NC, in April by Brimley (2), and he listed some other species from the area as well. That is an old work, and I'm not sure if the taxonomy there is up-to-date.

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Moved, and thanks!
Moved from Temnostoma. Thanks, Brad.
A new species for the guide--from my own back yard. That's not easy to do these days.

Looks good to me
I think your ID is correct. I ran your fly thru both Shannon 1939 and Curran 1939, and both ways I end up at T. balyras (Walker).

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