bare-eyed mimic

(Mallota bautias)

Conservation Status
bare-eyed mimic
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Bare-eyed mimic is a large, woolly, long-haired, bumble bee mimic, hoverfly.

The thorax is black and is densely covered with long yellow hairs.

The abdomen is short, stout, and black. The first abdominal segment is bare and shiny. The remainder is densely covered with short black hairs except for a few yellow hairs on the forward angle of the second segment.

The head is broader than the thorax. The compound eyes are large, black, and bare, not covered with hairs. The antennae are short and have three segments. The third antennal segment is very short, much shorter than wide.

The legs are black. At the base of the third and largest segment (femur) of each leg is a covering of short, black, bristly hairs (setae). The femur on the hind leg is heavy.

Like all flies, and unlike all bumble bees, there is only one pair of wings. They are smokey and clear. The anal cell is long and is closed near the wing margin. The marginal cell is open. The third vein (R3) bends deeply, but does not loop, into the cell at the tip of the wing (apical cell). The R5 cell is closed.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: 7 16 to

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Woodlands and woodland edges

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Mid-May through July

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

It is often found in groups at the top of a hill or other elevated area.

When it flies it produces a loud buzz.

It does not bite or sting.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

Larvae are filter feeders in tree cavities filled with water

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 27, 29, 30.

 
  6/7/2018      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Fairly common in eastern United States and Canada

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)  
 

Suborder

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

Infraorder

Muscomorpha  
  No Rank Eremoneura  
  No Rank Cyclorrhapha (circular-seamed flies)  
  Section Aschiza  
 

Superfamily

Syrphoidea  
 

Family

Syrphidae (hover flies)  
 

Subfamily

Eristalinae  
 

Tribe

Eristalini  
  Subtribe Helophiliina  
 

Genus

Mallota  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Mallota dentipes

Mallota facialis

Mallota flavoterminata

Merodon bautias

Merodon bipartitus

Merodon tudicornis

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

bare-eyed mimic

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Seta

A usually rigid bristle- or hair-like outgrowth on butterflies and moths used to sense touch. Plural: setae.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Location: Woodbury, MN

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Created: 6/7/2018

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