(Extracted from my blog, Voyages Around My Camera)

A wasp mimic, a stingless hoverfly

I was in the back garden trying to make the most of photo opportunities provided by the swath of flowering anemones when I came across this specimen. Not an easy shot, its perch on the swaying windflower was not steady and it took four exposures to obtain this one photograph with excellent depth of field and sharpness.

Like The Home Bug Gardener has mentioned, we are desperately in need of an I.D. book on Albertan hoverflies. I will update the name when some authoritive voice speaks out. So far one has prposed genus Syrphyus while another has gone for Eupeodes. Please use the comments if you have any further suggestions!

(Nikon D80 with Tamron 90mm macro on Kenko Pro 1.4x teleconverter)

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