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Hoverfly

Syrphus vitripennis

Description:

Wasp look-a-like but actually a fly. Only two wings and short, stubby antennae.

Habitat:

Found on many different flowers as an adult.

Notes:

Adults feed on pollen and nectar. Larvae feed on aphids. Harmless insect that is often mistaken for a wasp.

No species ID suggestions

11 Comments

Doryreed
Doryreed 7 years ago

Yeah they are very similar. There are lots of different kinds and also lots that look very similar. They are also very attractive animals.

mariajo
mariajo 7 years ago

Doryreed creo que tienes razón, no me había fijado en el número de rayas. Es fantástico, a simple vista parecerían todas iguales, pero tienen sus pequeñas diferencias.

Doryreed
Doryreed 7 years ago

That is a great site mariajo. I think what I have here is Syrphus vitripennis. If you count the stripes on the abdomen it has 6 including the very narrow one at the base. Metasyrphus latifasciatus only has 5 but otherwise looks identical. What do you think?

lori.tas
lori.tas 7 years ago

Yes mariajo, I just came to the same conclusion about the thorax. :)

mariajo
mariajo 7 years ago

Quería decir tórax

mariajo
mariajo 7 years ago

Lori.tas si te fijas bien la Myathropa florea tiene el tóras rayado y la Metasyrphus lo tiene liso. Podría ser también Metasyrphus latifasciatus
Consulta esta página: http://www.johnsbooks.org/galleries/inde...

lori.tas
lori.tas 7 years ago

After reading all of the discussion, I've found these images of Myathropa florea on this page: http://www.gardensafari.net/en_picpages/...

mariajo
mariajo 7 years ago

Creo que es una mosca cernidora Metasyrphus corollae

Eve Dosh
Eve Dosh 7 years ago

I love this pic. Awesome capture :)

Doryreed
Doryreed 7 years ago

I am sure it is either Syrphus torvus or Syrphus ribesii. It is between them but I really don't know how to tell them apart, especially from just a photo.

lori.tas
lori.tas 7 years ago

I'm leaning towards Eristalis tenax, the Drone fly.

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Lat: 54.84, Long: -1.51

Spotted on Apr 27, 2011
Submitted on Apr 27, 2011

Spotted for mission

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