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    Question Help Identify

    I found this guy dead next to my hive about 4 years ago and I've kept him in a little jar in alcohol ever since because I like his coloration, but I havent been able to identify him. I'm from around the Kansas City Missouri area. Any help would be appriciated. Thanks!

    Also, I'm not much of a photographer, so if you need any special pics. please let me know.



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    My guess would be a yellowjacket wasp.

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    I don't think it's a wasp. Like bumblebees and honey bees, wasps have four wings. Your specimen has only two, so it's most likely a fly camouflaging as a wasp.

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    It is no wonder that the insect in the photo might be mistaken for a yellowjacket, although the antennae seem to be lacking, or broke off. It is somewhat difficult from the photo because there is no 'length/size' reference. Here are some photos of an insect [Diptera, fly] whose common name is partly,.. 'yellowjacket', but it doesn't look like yours.
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/2837

    The Bugguide site is good in helping to identify insects.
    Last edited by Oldbee; 12-06-2008 at 06:34 AM.

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    we call those a "news bee" here...I think it's actually some sort of fly. Mountain lore says when are near they bring good news. The dead giveaway is that they hover in place.....

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    I looked at your photo and the one called the yellow jacket fly on Bug Guide and they look identical to me.

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    It's a fly...It won't sting you... but I wouldn't eat it...
    "Where wisdom is called for, force is of little use."
    Herodotus (circa 485-425 BC), Greek Historian

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    Default Yellowjacket Hover Fly Photo

    Here is an excellent photo of your insect in question.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deesnke/2580980860/
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    Ernie
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    Default Hover fly

    It's a hoverfly. It's a fly that mimics a wasp or bee as a defense against predators. They don't sting, of course.

    Mike
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    Hover fly or flower fly, it's in the family Syrphidae. Like others have pointed out, these are flies, not hymenopterans.

    Most adult insects don't need to be preserved in alcohol as specimens. Pinning and drying will work well if you wish to keep it. Pinned insects can last for hundreds of years if protected; specimens preserved in alcohol last for a far shorter period of time (but still long enough if handled properly to outlast the average human's lifespan).

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