Bee Fly   (two photos)
Exoprosopa eremita

Exoprosopa eremita bee fly in Utah
I have a Hydrangea bush that is a bee, fly and wasp magnet and this bee fly dropped in one August
day long enough for me to shoot 3 photos. What a neat-looking insect.  © Carol Davis 8-8-2016

bee fly with striped wings
I'm surprised it stayed as long as it did with all the wasp wars going on around that bush.
You can find a detailed description of this species in a book called Western Diptera: Descriptions
 of New Genera and Species of Diptera from the Region West of the Mississippi, and Especially
from California by Carl Robert Osten-Sacken (
available on Amazon.). © Carol Davis 8-8-2015

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