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Old 10-11-2020, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default Interesting Fly: Scaly Bee Fly or Hunchback Bee Fly

While out photographing bumble bees I sometimes find things I haven't seen before. This one had my attention as soon as I saw it.
It's called Scaly Bee Fly or Hunchback Bee Fly:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/12852

https://bugguide.net/node/view/210169

https://eyeonnature.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/hunchback-bee-fly/


It's feeding on a New England Aster.
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I can honestly say I haven't ever seen one of those before
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First sighting for me too. A bit surprising because we are in it's normal range. It's not the kind of bug that one forgets.

Based on all of the info that I could find, I believe the species is Lepidophora lutea, the first link that I posted above.
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Thats pretty cool. Never seen one before either
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It looks like sulphur dusted mosquito
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A big mosquito ! It would just fit on a quarter - about the size of a typical crane fly.
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