An immaculate specimen (ie. unmarked elytra), found on my arm after an afternoon in the garden. ~4mm length.
Coastal prairie habitat surrounded by mixed redwood stands.
One in breeding plumage, the other not so much.
West coast beaches are covered with these!
Hearty bee fly-like about the size of a typical bumblebee (~.5").
Laying eggs on Salvia?
I'm going out on a limb proposing an ID since I'm fairly clueless with moths....but the forewing marking seems distinctive.