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Subject: Bee-like fly
Location: Southwest PA
July 12, 2017 2:14 pm
Please identify this bug. We just started seeing them around our house
Signature: Sheesh

Hover Fly

Dear Sheesh,
This identification is proving to be a challenge for us, but we believe we are on the right track.  We quickly eliminated the Beyonce Fly, which is a Horse Fly from Australia that has gotten much press lately, including on NBC News and Huffington Post.  The wing vein pattern seems to indicate this is a Hover Fly in the family Syrphidae as indicated on Microscopy UK.  We found several Hover Flies on BugGuide with gold butts, including this BugGuide image of a Narcissus Bulb Fly, but there are no black markings on the wings, and the antennae are not plumose.  When we stumbled on the Bug of the Week site, we finally found a furry Hover Fly with feathery antennae,
Volucella bombylans, and though this is a British site, we knew this genus is represented in North America, so we decided to research on BugGuide, and this is where things get confusing since BugGuide states:  “represented in our area by 3 spp., but the European V. bombylans does not occur in the New World” but all North American sightings are classified as “Species Volucella bombylans-complex.”  There are examples of British Volucella bombylans that are posted to Nature Spot and FlickR.  So, it is our conclusion that we have the genus correct, and this is either a member of the North American Volucella bombylans-complex or it is an introduced British Volucella bombylans. We hope to get a second opinion from Eric Eaton.  BugGuide also indicates that the genus is “under revision.”

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Location: Pennsylvania

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