Syrphid Fly
Mallota diversipennis


Mallota diversipennis
          in Utah
I saw this beautiful large male fly in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
It has
lovely white whiskers on its legs and face. Very pretty
for a fly. It's so perfect it must have hatched out recently.
© Carol Davis 6-3-2020

white-whiskered
            syrphid fly
This shot was taken from further out because, for whatever reason,
the fly decided to move to the back of this fragrant bush in the
canyon.  The same species of fly shown below from 2012 looks
 quite different than this one. I think it had been "flying"
around a lot longer (senior fly). © Carol Davis 6-3-2020

mallota species
It pays to go back through old photographs because sometimes
you see something you didn't see when
you were checking out the
pictures originally.  With this fly I noticed it had some dark spots on the
 wings (that are
more noticeable in the shots below).  © Carol Davis 7-12-201
2

Mallota
            albipilis syrphid fly
Red Butte Garden in SLC, where I found this fly, is a
favorite "watering hole" for all kinds of flies,
 bees
and wasps.  © Carol Davis 7-17-2012

Striped syrphid
              fly
This photo really shows the smoky patches on the wings.
Bugguide
has a little information on this fly and that's
about all I could find on the species. The white
hairs on the abdomen are definitive for this species.
 © Carol Davis 7-17-2012


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