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:(L) larva

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Brachycera
Family:Syrphidae
Subfamily:Eristalinae
Taxon Code:DIP01112
ITIS/TSN:140969

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, McAvoy Road, Bay Point
County:Contra Costa County
ECI Site#:CAEB040000
Open Space Location:Bay Point Regional Shoreline

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
Mike Dame
Insect Sciences Museum of California

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