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Photo#961593
Bee-like Hoverfly - Eristalis flavipes

Bee-like Hoverfly - Eristalis flavipes
Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
July 21, 2014
Size: ~2cm long

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Moved
Moved from Mallota or Merodon.

 
Thanks! Totally misinterpret
Thanks! Totally misinterpreted the r1 cell as open rather than closed... oops.

 
Was not the best picture, but
Was not the best picture, but we figured it out with Bill Dean's help

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Either Merodon equestris or M
Either Merodon equestris or Mallota, both hoverflies (Syrphidae). My guess would be the former, but I'd need a facial profile or (ideally) a side shot of the hind femur to be 100% sure. This fly has an open r1 cell, while Eristalis has it closed.

In general, only editors can see the full-size images, so it's very helpful if you can crop them to show "just the bug" - that way everyone can help (and enjoy your fly!).

Welcome!

 
Thank you!
Normally, I would have taken a closer shot, and would have been able to crop it without losing too much image quality, but I snapped these with my phone. Thanks for the ID and the tips!

Maybe a Bee Mimic Flower Fly
These are tricky! I always have to check to see if they have long antenna. Short antenna are flies. This may be either Mallota species or Eristalis anthophorina or E. flavipes. Most of the Mallota have really thick hind legs, except one M. albipilis. The Eristalis have marks or streaks in the wings. Hope this helps.

 
I do have a second shot, but...
It's more distant. It shows more of the back, wings, and antennae, but it isn't easy to make out distinguishing traits.

 
Thanks for the help!
I'll try to observe more of them, and maybe get a more detailed shot to see more of what you're describing. Thanks!

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