I was so sure this was a syrphid fly, but bugGuide has set me straight: it’s a Narcissus Bulb Fly Merodon equestris. At least it’s in the syrphid family.
And I do have actual syrphid flies, but they’re much smaller than Mr. Bumblebee Fakeout Merodon.
These two are Syrphid flies in genus Sphaerophoria.
Toxomerus marginata on daisy fleabane
Toxomerus marginata on cinquefoil
These handsome fellows are a couple of very common syrphid flies, Toxomerus marginatus.
And their offspring will eat lots of aphids. Breed, little guys, breed!
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