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About 3/8 inch long.
Spotted on goldenrod bordering an open field and wetlands.
Bugguide agrees with your ID. Eristalis it is! Thanks for the help.http://bugguide.net/node/view/996733
After scrolling through some images on bugguide, it looks to be a close match. Still iffy though. I'll post it there and see if that pans out. Again, thanks for the info.
Thank you for the pointer. I'll check out that on BugGuide.
Eristalis tenax male ?
Lat: 41.90, Long: -71.44
Spotted on Sep 15, 2014 Submitted on Sep 16, 2014