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Hi, this was flying around inside the car in northwestern Maryland, USA, yesterday. When I squished it with a tissue I was surprised to see a red spot that appeared to be blood. Cannot find a picture of this bug online and was hoping someone can identify it. Thanks in advance.


That looks like a species of syrphid fly (aka. hover fly, flower fly) — not sure about the red fluid, but it probably wasn't blood. These flies are pollinators and the larvae eat pests such as aphids.

I don't know for sure what species that is, but it appears very similar to Toxomerus politus:

Toxomerus politus — Washington Co., Maryland (8/19/2018). Verified by Bill Dean/BugGuide. Photo by Jim Moore.

Other sources of information on this group of flies:

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