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American hoverfly

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eupeodes_americanus

Description:

Saw this tiny fly struggling in the sand. Unsure if it is dying or just emerging from a metamorphosis or what. In very sandy soil.

4 Species ID Suggestions

Hoverfly
Dasysyrphus albostriatus Dasysyrphus albostriatus
KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago
Hoverfly
Syrphus ribesii Syrphidae: Syrphus? - BugGuide.Net
misako
misako 8 years ago
Syrphid Fly
Syrphidae Hoverfly
American hoverfly
Eupeodes americanus Eupeodes americanus


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6 Comments

misako
misako 8 years ago

Happy to help! :)

freelancing
freelancing 8 years ago

KarenL - looks a bit like it, but the wings are different. Note the extra dark outline on outside of outer edge of wings - more like American Hoverfly.

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

The stripe pattern looks like Syrphus ribesii! Tricky little things to ID these small flies! :)

freelancing
freelancing 8 years ago

You're right! They look a lot alike.

EricEllison
EricEllison 8 years ago

Eupeodes americanus is the american hoverfly.

freelancing
freelancing 8 years ago

Thank you, misako.hill - definitely a hoverfly. Thanks to your reference, I think I've narrowed it down to Dasysyrphus albostriatus - it's a dead-ringer for that subspecies - but that species is European, and this critter was found in East Texas. Hmmm.

freelancing
Spotted by
freelancing

Texas, USA

Spotted on Nov 4, 2011
Submitted on Nov 4, 2011

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