Syrphid Fly
Genus Helophilus

syrphid fly
When I saw this fly land on rabbitbrush on Antelope Island, I knew I had something different. Not only was the thorax and a
 point on the head covered in some kind of debris, but the design on the abdomen was unique. © Carol Davis, 10-21-2010

helophilus helped identify this fly down to genus and maybe someday I'll be able to get it to species.
I am amazed by how many flies resemble bees with their stripes and even buzzing sounds. Most people
would not be able to tell the difference between syrphid flies and bees; likewise, all humans look the same
 to to bees and flies (bees don't care what annoying humans they scare or sting and flies will dine with
anyone regardless of race, social status, creed or aroma).
  © Carol Davis, 10-21-2010

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