aphideater

(Eupeodes subg. Metasyrphus)

Overview
aphideater (Eupeodes subg. Metasyrphus)
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  Metasyrphus is a subgenus of Eupeodes hoverflies known as aphideaters. There are at least 20 species of Metasyrphus worldwide, 20 species in North America north of Mexico, and 5 species in Minnesota. Adults are found in a wide variety of habitats. They feed on flower nectar and pollen. Larvae feed on aphids. Some species prey on aphids on herbaceous plants in the ground layer, some on woody plants in the shrub layer, some on trees in the understory and canopy, and some at two or more layers.      
           
 
Description
 
 

Metasyrphus are small, black and yellow, wasp mimics. The thorax is black with no yellow markings. The plate on the underside of the third thoracic segment (metasternum) is hairy. The abdomen is black with yellow separated spots, spots that meet in the middle, or bands on the third and fourth segments. There is a narrow, flattened area on the lateral margins of the abdomen. The male genitalia are small and scarcely visible from above. The wings are densely covered, at least on the lower third, with small, irregularly scattered hairs (microtrichia) and no bare areas near the veins.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 27, 29, 30, 72, 82.

Telford, Horace S.. (1939). The syrphidae of Minnesota. University of Minnesota. Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.

Skevington, J. H., Locke, M. M., Moran, K., Marshall, S. A., Crins, W. J., Young, A. D. (2019). Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America. United States: Princeton University Press.

 
  1/17/2021    
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)

 
 

Suborder

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

 
 

Infraorder

Muscomorpha

 
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Eremoneura

 
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Cyclorrhapha

 
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Aschiza

 
 

Superfamily

Syrphoidea

 
 

Family

Syrphidae (hover flies)

 
 

Subfamily

Syrphinae

 
 

Tribe

Syrphini

 
 

Genus

Eupeodes (aphideaters)

 
 

Subgenus

   
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

American hover fly (Eupeodes americanus)

bare-winged aphideater (Eupeodes perplexus)

black-bellied aphideater (Eupeodes confertus)

black-tailed aphideater (Eupeodes luniger)

Fluke’saphideater (Eupeodes flukei)

red-tailed aphideater (Eupeodes montivagus)

short-tailed aphideater (Eupeodes pomus)

spot-headed aphideater (Eupeodes neoperplexus)

variable aphideater (Eupeodes latifasciatus)

western aphideater (Eupeodes fumipennis)

 
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

aphideaters

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Alfredo Colon
8/20/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

aphideater (Eupeodes subg. Metasyrphus)


Alfredo Colon
8/12/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

aphideater (Eupeodes subg. Metasyrphus)


Alfredo Colon
8/5/2019

Location: Woodbury, MN

aphideater (Eupeodes subg. Metasyrphus)


     
     
 
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