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Cluster fly - Pollenia sp. ID to species level more advanced than I (and unlikely from photos alone)... only 6 species in the US. P. griseotomentosa, P. rudis, P. pediculata, P. vagabunda, P. angustigena, P. labialis)<br />
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Wonderful coppery hair though..  Geotagged,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Cluster fly - Pollenia sp.

ID to species level more advanced than I (and unlikely from photos alone)... only 6 species in the US. P. griseotomentosa, P. rudis, P. pediculata, P. vagabunda, P. angustigena, P. labialis)

Wonderful coppery hair though..

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  1. I wonder if the coppery hair is a feature or pollen stuck in the hair. For example, Pollenia vagabunda, statistically the most likely in your state, has photos both with and without it. Might be a sex-specific feature, that would be another theory. Posted 9 days ago
    1. I think it may be the lighting - a nice bright side lighting appears to enhance the shine, while in flat lighting the hair appears to be gray. Posted 9 days ago
      1. Makes sense, hadn't considered that. Posted 9 days ago

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Uploaded Aug 5, 2022. Captured Aug 2, 2022 15:03 in RCJ3+H8 Ferndale, WA, USA.
  • X-E2
  • f/9.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO800
  • 80mm