I’ve mentioned before my reluctance to take random “bug on a flower” photos, but the colors of this hover fly (family Syrphidae) and the mallow flower (Malvaceae, possibly Abutilon pauciflorum) on which it was sitting were enough to capture my interest—a rare offering from this blog to dipterophiles. Even though I’m a beetle man, I’ve had reasonably good success identifying the varied insects across several orders and families that I’ve photographed at the Reserve. This one, however, has me a little stumped. I searched the syrphid gallery at Diptera.com but didn’t find a good match, the most similar being the Old World species Episyrphus balteatus. My best guess is something in the tribe Syrphini. Morgan? Keith? Phoridae?
Photographed last month at Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires.
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