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

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Brachycera
Family:Syrphidae
Subfamily:Eristalinae
Taxon Code:DIP01011
ITIS TSN#:140969

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
Lost Ridge Group Campground, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, EBRPD, 17600 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley, CA, Castro Valley
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CAEB010108
Park/Forest:Anthony Chabot Park Regional Park, EBRPD

RECOGNITION
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.

HABITAT
Adults are often seen hovering in front of flower blooms in gardens in both urban and rural areas.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Family Syrphidae - Syrphid Flies. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/196). Accessed March 12, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#140969


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