Syrphid Flies
( Syrphinae )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Syrphinae
Common Name:Syrphid Flies
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Brachycera
Family:Syrphidae
Subfamily:Syrphinae
Taxon Code:DIP01145
ITIS TSN#:139685

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Adults have bare humeri (postpronotal lobes), though these are often hidden by the concave posterior of their close fitting heads. Larvae have pairs of locomotory organs on the first six abdominal segments. These are not true prolegs because they lack musculature and crochets.

BIOLOGY
Food
Adult: Adults exploit pollen and nectar produced by native plants having large inflorescences and flat corollae (e.g. Apiaceae, Asteraceae, Ranunculaceae and Rosaceae). Larva: The larvae are primarily aphid predators. Some are generalists, others specialize in just a few species of aphids. Those in the Pipizini tribe specialize on gall forming aphids.
Importance
Efficient biocontrol agents and minor pollinators.

HABITAT

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Subfamily Syrphinae. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/12619). Accessed July 16, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#139685


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