hoverflies

(Subfamily Syrphinae)

               
Overview

Syrphinae is a subfamily of hoverflies. There are about 6,000 species of hoverflies worldwide, about 300 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 55 species (CCESR) in Minnesota. They are found in a wide variety of habitats, usually on flowers. Another common name for the family Syrphidae is flower flies. They are often seen hovering. Adults feed on flower nectar and pollen. Larvae prey on aphids.

hoverfly (Subfamily Syrphinae)

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Identification

Most Syrphinae are slender and black or brownish-black with yellow markings. Some species look very similar to wasps, but they do not bite or sting. On males only, the fifth abdominal segment (tergite) is visible. On each side of the exoskeletal plate covering the thorax (scutum), in the shoulder (humeral) area just behind the head, there is small plate (postpronotum). The postpronotum is bare. with no hairs or bristles. Unfortunately, this is not visible without first removing the fly’s head.

 
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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 (circular-seamed flies)

 

Section:

Aschiza

 

Superfamily:

Syrphoidea

 

Family:

Syrphidae (hover flies)

 

Subfamily:

Syrphinae

 
Subordinate Taxa

Tribe Bacchini

Tribe Paragini

Tribe Pipizini

Tribe Syrphini

Tribe Toxomerini

 
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Common
Names

This subfamily has no common name. The common name for the family Syrphidae is hover flies, and is used here for convenience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Hoverfly larva sucking the juices out of an aphid.

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