Good Day,
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I photographed this insect in the Gauteng Province of South Africa during summer . It was collecting nectar . Could you please provide me with the Genus and species name as well ?

Picture 2
I photographed this insect in the Western region of the Free State Province of South Africa during summer. Could you please provide me with the Genus and species name as well ?

Regards.
Lian van den Heever

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The top photo is of a hover fly (Syrphidae), the bottom photo is of a robber fly (Asilidae). I don't know which species they belong to, but you could start at some of the great online resources you have available in South Africa, such as Biodiversity Explorer

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/fli … /index.htm


The hover fly looks very similar to Eristalis tenax, a European hover fly which has been introduced to South Africa, but making species-level identifications from photos is always problematic, as key diagnostic features are usually not visible.

For species-level ID of South African wildlife you're better off posting the pictures on the South African version of iSpot, www.ispot.org.za. Top photo's not Eristalis tenax, which is common here - wing veination looks wrong for Syrphidae in general, though I don't know the tropical fauna

Thanks Richard, good spot.  In that case try the Tabanidae, or horse-flies, many of which are important pollinators.