Flower Fly
( Syrphidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT
The family is very bee-or wasp-like, even buzzing like bees or wasps. However, bees and wasps have two pairs of wings; true flies have just one.

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Syrphidae
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name:Flower Fly
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Brachycera
Family:Syrphidae
Subfamily:Eristalinae
Taxon Code:DIP00243
ITIS/TSN:140969

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
BSA Camp Royaneh, BSA Camp Royaneh, 4600 Scanlon Rd., Cazadero
County:Sonoma County
ECI Site#:CA49064901

RECOGNITION
Description
Aposematic.
Body Length
8-15 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
This is a large family of flies that eats a wide range of foods. Some are aphid predators. Others feed on detritus, decaying vegetation, wet wood or living plants. Adults feed on nectar or pollen.
Habitat
Adults are often seen hovering in front of flower blooms in gardens in both urban and rural areas.
Active Period
Late March to early December; most common in September and October.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Family Syrphidae - Syrphid Flies. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/196). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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