eastern band-winged hover fly

(Hypocritanus fascipennis)

Conservation Status
eastern band-winged hover fly
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Eastern band-winged hover fly is medium-sized flower fly. It occurs in the United States east of the Great Plains, and across southern Canada. It is most common in the northeast and the upper Midwest. It is not common in Minnesota, where it is at the western extent of its range. Adults are found from early June to late September in forests, bogs, and marshes. They feed on flower nectar. Larvae feed on mealybugs and scale insects.

Adults are dark, slender, and long, to ½ (9.0 to 13.3 mm) in length.

The head is large, round, and distinctly wider than the thorax. There are two large compound eyes on the sides of the head and three small simple eyes (ocelli) in a triangle on the top of the head. The compound eyes are brown and bare, with no erect hairs. On the male they meet at the top of the head. On the female they are narrowly separated, by about the width of the ocellar triangle. The face is entirely yellow. It is less than one-third as wide as the head and is short, not produced forward. The antennae are orange and short. They have just three segments and are inserted near the middle of the head when viewed from the side. The first and second segments are short. The third segment is oval. There is a stiff, forward-pointing bristle (arista) at the base of third segment. The arista are bare, not feather-like (plumose). The protruding mouthpart (proboscis) is short and fleshy.

The thorax is short and black, with two pale longitudinal stripes. The plate between the thorax and abdomen (scutellum) is translucent and entirely or partially yellow, orange, or brown.

The abdomen is long, narrow, and mostly black. It is three or four times as long as the thorax. There is an orange, yellowish, or whitish band at the base of the third and fourth segments. Each bands covers less than half of the segment.

The wings are clear except for a brown patch at the base and a broad brown band in the middle that doesn’t reach the inner margin. There is a false vein (spurious vein) between the radius (R) and media (M) veins. The anal cell is long and is closed near the wing margin. The marginal, R5, and M2 cells are also closed. The R4+5 vein is nearly straight.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: to ½ (9.0 to 13.3 mm)

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Forests, bogs, and marshes

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

Early June to late September

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

Mealybugs and scale insects

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Flower nectar

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

24, 29, 30, 82, 83.

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

 
  1/10/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Not common in Minnesota

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Diptera (gnats, mosquitoes, true flies)  
 

Suborder

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

Infraorder

Muscomorpha  
  No Rank Eremoneura  
  No Rank Cyclorrhapha  
  No Rank Aschiza  
 

Superfamily

Syrphoidea  
 

Family

Syrphidae (hover flies)  
 

Subfamily

Syrphinae  
 

Tribe

Syrphini  
 

Genus

Hypocritanus  
       
 

This species was formerly placed in the genus Ocyptamus. That genus was an assemblage of more than 200 species that clearly did not belong together. It included species with different evolutionary lineages (paraphyletic). The genus was scrutinized in a number of studies between 2011 and 2018. In 2018, the genus Ocyptamus was narrowly restricted. Former subspecies and species groups were elevated to species rank, but some clades remained as species groups within Ocyptamus sensu lato. An article published in 2020 resolved these “orphaned” species, placing them in five new genera. The former Ocyptamus fascipennis group is now the genus Hypocritanus. Few sources, either in print or online, reflect this change as of early 2021.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Baccha fenestratus

Baccha fuscipennis

Baccha lugens

Ocyptamus fascipennis

Ocyptamus longiventris

Syrphus amissas

Syrphus peas

Syrphus radaca

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

eastern band-winged hover fly

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Arista

A large bristle on the upper side of the third segment of the antenna of a fly.

 

Ocellus

Simple eye; an eye with a single lens. Plural: ocelli.

 

Proboscis

The protruding mouthpart(s) of a sucking insect.

 

Scutellum

The exoskeletal plate covering the rearward (posterior) part of the middle segment of the thorax in some insects. In Coleoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera, the dorsal, often triangular plate behind the pronotum and between the bases of the front wings. In Diptera, the exoskeletal plate between the abdomen and the thorax.

 

Spurious vein

A longitudinal, thickened line between the radius and media veins. It resembles a true vein but is not connected to any other veins.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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