Subject:  syrhpid fly id
Geographic location of the bug:  nashville, tn
Date: 04/25/2019
Time: 05:28 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you help me id this syprhid fly?
How you want your letter signed:  Naturalista

Cave Salamander

Dear Naturalista,
We would love to attempt to identify your Syrphid Fly, however, you attached an image of a Salamander.  Assuming that this image is also from Nashville, Tennessee, we suspect this is a Cave Salamander,
Eurycea lucifuga, which we located on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency site where it states the habitat is:  “Primarily cave entrances and ‘twilight zones’ of caves, where light is weak. Occasionally in forests, springs, or streams.”  According to Animal Diversity Web:  “Most frequently found in the twilight zone of caves, but also occasionally under logs and rocks in the surrounding moist forests more than a kilometer away from the nearest cave (Conant and Collins, et. al, 1995, Petranka 1998). The twilight area of a cave is the area just inside the entrance where there is some light, but not enough for plants to grow (Taylor 1999).”  We would love to know more about this particular sighting.  If you would still like that Syrphid Fly identified, please resubmit the image using the Ask WTB? link on our site. 

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

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