"Super...thank-you, Tony! That does seem like the perfect fit! (I have no idea how you can remember these latin names!!)
Darn, I would of gotten a better pic had I known it was rare. I've got to start carrying vials with…"
"I thought the antennae looked tabanid like, but the eyes did not fit, nor the wing position. Robber flies have a deep depression between the eyes, so I excluded them. I looked at some Therevids but have not come up with anything."
"I've just spent more time with your second fly and am getting nowhere. I was thinking soldier fly family because of the broad, ventrally flattened abdomen with bold lateral markings. But I can't find any soldier flies with a hairy thorax…"
"Thanks a lot, Stuart. I was going to send them to Bug Guide, but most of the time you fly-guys can figure it out. That Flower fly is beautiful!! At first I thought the second was a large robber fly, but the eyes are wrong. It…"
"Cool flies, Nancy!! That first one is indeed a flower fly, the species is White-spotted Pond Fly Sericomyia lata . The second one seems unfamiliar to me but may be a soldier fly (family Stratiomyidae). I'll see if I can track it down…"
1. Flower Fly White-spotted Pond Fly Sericomyia lata ID provided by Stuart2. I checked T. Murray's book, but there doesn't seem to be a match. Very windy, so image is blurry. It's Xylophagidae - Coenomyia ferruginea ID provided by Tony…See More
Nancy, could I send you the original Canvasback photo, have you do the same editing and resend it back to me? I'll add you and then you can send me your e-mail address. Just let me know if that would be alright! Thanks
I tend more to use The Sibley Field Guide To Birds of Eastern North America. [ISBN 0-679-45120-X]. I've heard the new one is not as good. I also have a Roger Tory Peterson book. If you are technically minded, many folks use Apps for I phones, smart phones, I pod etc. I do have an I pod with Stokes photos and calls.
hello again nancy...yes this is your cousin lol.....gosh it,s been quite a while since I have seen you....I just live across the river from you at mckinleyville,Chelmsford.....this is a great site nancy ..we will talk to you soon...take care now