Syrphid Fly: Sphaerophoria
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The picture shows a specimen, with a thin, striped abdomen, spotted at the end. It is enlarged by a factor of five to highlight its features.
Some sixteen different species are recognized, and differentiating among them appears to be left to professional entomologists.
For example, Bugguide, lumps all Sphaerophoria species into one category, based on genus.
If you arrived at this page attempting to identify your own species, it should be noted that Sphaerophoria body patterns change from male to female as well as among the species.
Additionally, a few additional syrphid genera, Toxomerus, for example, also are characterized by their diminutive size and thin bodies.
© 2010 Patricia A. Michaels.