[Taxacom] Identity of a hoverfly

Jim L. Reveal jlr326 at cornell.edu
Sun Oct 13 13:50:26 CDT 2013

Dear All:

It really helps to place something in the right group! Thanks to Doug Yanega the sand wasp appears to be Steniolia elegans J. Parker. Thanks to everyone for their comments, especially getting this into the correct order.

Jim Reveal

From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] on behalf of Doug Yanega [dyanega at ucr.edu]
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2013 1:59 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Identity of a hoverfly

On 10/13/13 7:56 AM, Jim L. Reveal wrote:
> http://www.plantsystematics.org/reveal/pbio/digitalimages/014954.html
> http://www.plantsystematics.org/reveal/pbio/digitalimages/014956.html
> I would appreciate it if someone might tell this botanist if this is a hoverfly, and better yet, what genus and species this might be. This was found near Enterprise, Washington Co., Utah, on Eriogonum microthecum var. simpsonii.
This is a bembicine crabronid in the genus Steniolia. It superficially
resembles S. duplicata, but the important diagnostic features are not
visible in these photos.


Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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