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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.

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11 Comments

Doryreed
Doryreed 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 years ago

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

mariajo
mariajo 11 years ago

Quería decir tórax

mariajo
mariajo 11 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 11 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 11 years ago

Creo que es una mosca cernidora Metasyrphus corollae

Eve Dosh
Eve Dosh 11 years ago

I love this pic. Awesome capture :)

Doryreed
Doryreed 11 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 11 years ago

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

Doryreed
Spotted by
Doryreed

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

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

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