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Is this a male Hover Fly? - Eupeodes fumipennis - male

Is this a male Hover Fly? - Eupeodes fumipennis - Male
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 27, 2004
Posted a couple of these earlier and was told that those two were females. Would this be a male as the eyes are together. I'm new to insects etc. But I'm really into them now. Can't wait for the spring when things start happening again.


Moved from Eupeodes.


Moved from Syrphini.

Yes, this is a male. Generally, but not always in Syrphidae, the eyes of the males touch on the top of the head , whereas the eyes of the females are always separated. However, There are a number of genera where males eyes are separated for some distance. As a rule of thumb (again, not always), the eyes of the males are then closer together than those of the females.

By the way, when you compare many families of the Diptera, if there is a difference between males and females when it comes to distance between the eyes, then generally eyes in the males are closer together than in the females. Of course, there are clear exceptions, like stalk-eyed flies (Diopsidae).


ID thanks
Thanks Paul the info is very much appreciated. As I mentioned I'm just getting into insects etc.