Syrphoidea

Belongs within: Cyclorrhapha.Contains: Pipunculinae, Microdon, Eristalini, Cerioidini, Syrphus. The Syrphoidea are a group of flies including two distinctive families, the Syrphidae and Pipunculidae, that lack a ptilinal fissure and possess wings with a very long cell CuP (Colless & McAlpine 1991). The Syrphidae, hover flies, are often strikingly coloured flies, a number of which mimic… Continue reading Syrphoidea

Cerioidini

Belongs within: Syrphoidea. The Cerioidini are a group of hover flies that closely mimic wasps in their appearance. The antenna is often placed on a facial prominence that is at least as long as the scape in species of Monoceromyia and Ceriana (Vockeroth & Thompson 1987). Characters (from Vockeroth & Thompson 1987): Length 8 mm… Continue reading Cerioidini

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Syrphus

Belongs within: Syrphoidea. Syrphus is a genus of hover flies, most diverse in the north temperate regions, whose larvae are predatory on Sternorrhyncha. Adults have a coarse yellow pile on the upper side of the ventral lobe of the calypter. Larvae are brightly coloured with dorsal spurs on the posterior respiratory process (Thompson et al.… Continue reading Syrphus

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Eristalini

Belongs within: Syrphoidea. The Eristalini are a group of hover flies with aquatic larvae known as rat-tailed maggots. Adults have vein R4+5 in the wing looped into cell r4+5. In species of Eristalis, vein R4+5 is less strongly sinuate and cell r1 is petiolate wheras in members of Helophilina vein R4+5 is more strongly sinuate… Continue reading Eristalini

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