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Flower Fly Ovipositing - Villa - female

Flower Fly Ovipositing - Villa - Female
Florham Park, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
July 7, 2014
Would love to know what flower fly this is - if an expert can take a close look and tell me I'd be gratefully appreciative. I spent a lot of time on my stomach watching it fly in and out from this micro-site ( an old photography blind deteriorating in my backyard meadow where a little soil has deposited on the top ) a weird place for this flower fly to hone in on. It would come back every 30 seconds or so to what I believe was to lay a single egg on the surface, fly off, come back, fly off lay again ..... the event lasted 15 minutes +/- . Why this very xeric open site I do not know. I am only assuming she was ovipositing ... some one with a greater understanding of this guild may want to weigh in...... many thanks

Moved from Villini.

Moved from Anthracinae.

Moved from Bee Flies.

Pickup, not dropoff?
Many female bee flies pick up sand to coat their eggs, then fly off to drop eggs elsewhere.

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

Something in Bombyllidae (rat
Something in Bombyllidae (rather than Syrphidae), but I'm not sure beyond that.

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