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Syrphidae - Mallota albipilis

Syrphidae - Mallota albipilis
Fort Laramie, Goshen County, Wyoming, USA
June 20, 2014
Size: 11 mm

Moved from Syrphid Flies.

Thanks, Martin! I hadn't rea
Thanks, Martin! I hadn't realized Mallota could have such a deep indentation of the R4+5 vein; now I know.

This is a very rare species..
This is a very rare species... I posted a museum specimen, so we have something to compare it with... Syrphids are always good for a surprise!

Oh, wonderful! That's awesom
Oh, wonderful! That's awesome.

Keep collecting such great Sy
Keep collecting such great Syrphids! I am always willing to ID them..

Moved from ID Request.

Possibly Lejops. As a ge
Possibly Lejops.

As a general thought... for syrphid identification (since you have the pinned specimen in hand), a side view showing facial profile and the hind femur (including any plates, ridges, teeth, etc) is extremely helpful, particularly for species-level ID, but even for distinguishing between some distantly related but convergent groups such as Merodon and Mallota.

(if you do have side shots of this fly, I can probably get you a better ID)

Thanks Kelsey
I will get some side profiles and frontal shots this week.

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