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From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostOct-12 11:36 AM 
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Insect mimicry

Yellowjacket fly (Spilomyia longicornis)

Although it has great resemblance to a yellowjacket (and a paper wasp), this is a syrphid fly -- a hoverfly or flower fly.  The eyes and the arrowhead ^ on its back are identifiers.

not a real sharp photo, but it gives a better sense of the eyes

  • Edited October 12, 2020 4:53 pm  by  MerlinsDad

From: Kid (Kidmagnet) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-12 4:46 PM 
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 2596.2 in reply to 2596.1 

And the antenna!

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From: MerlinsDad Posted by hostOct-12 5:03 PM 
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 2596.3 in reply to 2596.2 

Good spot!  Definitely the antennae of a fly, although I am getting ready to post a photo of a mimic fly with the antennae of a wasp.  The resemblance is amazing.  I keep looking at the photos to make sure the one I am identifying as a fly is indeed a fly.

  • Edited October 12, 2020 6:25 pm  by  MerlinsDad

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