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Marmalade Hover fly (Female)

Episyrphus balteatus


It is relatively small hoverfly about 9 -12 mm long . Upper side of abdomen is patterned with orange and black bands. Secondary black bands on the 3rd and 4th dorsal plates are present . Faint grayish longitudinal stripes on thorax . Males are differentiated from females by presence of holotypic eyes (left and right sides of compound eyes touches the head)


Present through out in all continents of world . I got it from a Mustard field near my work place (Patiala)


This hoverfly mimics a much more dangerous insect , the solitary wasp but it is a harmless species .

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Marmalade Hoverfly (female)
Episyrphus balteatus Hoverfly

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Kranti Dhiman
Kranti Dhiman 9 years ago

No Problem Miguel Jesus ... an experienced person know better ... I 'll edited it and thanks for your kind help :)

KrantiAzad 9 years ago

Thanks Arun , I will add it in this mission ..... thanks

Arun 9 years ago

Cool Spotting !!

Please consider adding this spotting to the 'Hunters & Animal Food Habits'

KrantiAzad 9 years ago

Thanks Luis ! it means a lot to me because i was just waiting for the feedback ... thanks

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Excellent series!

Kranti Dhiman
Spotted by
Kranti Dhiman

Punjab, India

Spotted on Jan 31, 2013
Submitted on Jan 31, 2013

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