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Fairly large Syrphid. Red eyes, shiny, brownish black thorax, yellow and black stripes on abdomen. This is a European species which can be found in areas of North America as well. It usually prefers deciduous forest near streams but can be found in fields and other places. These flies are also called "Flower Flies" and "Hover Flies". Many are bee and wasp mimics and some even buzz like bees. However, these flies are harmless and are unable to bite or sting. The larvae of many species of Syrphids are beneficial and feed on aphids and other plant pests.
Suburban backyard garden.
Bugguide page: http://bugguide.net/node/view/30653