Locus: Vienna, Austria

Local Time : 12:24 today, 6th of January

Size: length approximately a large thumb. Width much smaller (pic).

Behaviour: possibly attracted by honey in my medicine, along with flies.

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    $\begingroup$ Definitely in Syrphidae. $\endgroup$
    – Karl Kjer
    Jan 6, 2018 at 12:19
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    $\begingroup$ Might be Episyrphus. In any case, the common name for the family is "Hoverfly". $\endgroup$
    – Karl Kjer
    Jan 6, 2018 at 12:25
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    $\begingroup$ @KarlKjer After consulting Wikipedia, I tend to agree. Furthermore, I am amazed to see that this kind of eyes apparently makes it a female! en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Episyrphus_balteatus $\endgroup$
    – Ludi
    Jan 6, 2018 at 15:09

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Insect ID from photos is difficult, but this is definitely in Syrphidae. The alternating thick and thin stripes on the abdomen resemble very much those in a picture I found here: https://alchetron.com/Episyrphus-balteatus I would say that it is likely in the genus, Episyrphus, which is present in Austria.

  • $\begingroup$ Syrphidae are usually easily identified from photo. This is without a doubt E. balteatus. There is no other species that resembles it in Europe. $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Jan 7, 2018 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ Could you provide further support using Comstock-Needham system out of curiosity? $\endgroup$ Jan 16, 2018 at 4:00

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