Fly mimicking a wasp or a real wasp?
Location:  Fairfield, Maine USA
August 13, 2010 3:18 pm
Dear Bugman,
I first thought this was some sort of Paper Wasp, but looking at the pictures I think it may be some sort of fly. It has interesting eyes with patterns in them…Can you identify this one?
Thank you,
James R

Flower Fly

Hi again James,
This is a Flower Fly or Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae.  We are confident that based on images posted to BugGuide, we have identified it as
Spilomyia sayi.  We know that in the past, we misidentified one of your photos as a Syrphid Fly when it was a Thick Headed Fly, but this time we are relatively certain we are correct.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks a lot!  That one sure had me fooled!

Flower Fly

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