Mesembrina meridiana (8)
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This is one of the bigger (11 mm) flies in the yard, Mesembrina meridiana (Diptera; Muscidae); it may visit flowers --or dung. Here it sits on wilted Oregano Origanum vulgare flowers. The yellow face and the golden base of the arista help to distinguish the species. The back of the head is not yellow, separating the species from a similar one. I thought first that it was a hover fly, but the vena spuria, characteristic of the whole syrphid family in the wing is lacking (you cannot see this in this picture).
The RAW picture was taken with a macro dual flash and a dipod. The picture was processed in Photoshop (add a wingtip, sharpen, blur flower,enhance contrast, resize). Enjoy!