hoverfly

(Pipiza spp.)

               
     

hoverfly (Pipiza sp.)

 

   
   
   
   
   
Size

Total Length: 3 16 to

         
          Photo by Alfredo Colon
 
Identification

An important identification feature of “higher Diptera”, those in the suborder Brachycera, is the postpronotal lobes. Hoverflies in the subfamily Syrphinae have no hairs on the postpronotal lobes. The back of the head is strongly concave and tightly appressed to the thorax. On the male the eyes meet at the top of the head. When viewed from above, the male has five visible abdominal segments.

Hoverflies in the tribe Pipizini have a hairy, evenly rounded face. There are never unbroken yellow or other shining bands across the abdomen.

Pipiza are dark, small to medium-sized hoverflies. The face is flattened and does not have small rounded bumps (tubercles). It is as wide or wider below, at the sides of the mouth, than above, at the antennae. The antennae are shorter than the head. The wings are short and wide. On the hind leg, the third segment (femur) is slender and slightly enlarged at the tip (apex).

 
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Larval Food

Gall-forming aphids

 
Adult Food

Pollen and nectar of flowers

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 24, 29, 30.

 
Comments

No Common Name
No species in this genus has a common name, nor does the genus itself. The common name for the family is hover flies, and is applied here for the sake of convenience.

 
Taxonomy

Order:

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)

 

Suborder:

Brachycera (circular-seamed flies, mouches muscoïdes, muscoid flies, short-horned flies)

 

Infraorder:

Muscomorpha

 

Section:

Aschiza

 

Superfamily:

Syrphoidea

 

Family:

Syrphidae (hover flies)

 

Subfamily:

Syrphinae

 

Tribe:

Pipizini

 
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Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

no common name

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Femur

On insects and arachnids, the third, largest, most robust segment of the leg, coming immediately before the tibia. On humans, the thigh bone.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
6/8/2018

Location: Woodbury, MN

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