margined calligrapher

(Toxomerus marginatus)

Conservation Status
margined calligrapher
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

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Description
 
 

Sryphid flies are considered beneficial because they prey on insects that attack ornamental plants and crops. Margined calligrapher is a small calligrapher fly. Its coloration of the margined calligrapher is an example of Batesian mimicry, resembling the warning coloration of stinging bees and wasps.

Margined calligrapher is identified by the small, round, black spot near the tip of the abdomen. The eyes of the male margined calligrapher meet at the top of the head. The eyes of the female do not.

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

April to November

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

Adults can often be seen hovering over plants, a favorite activity that gives this family one of it’s common names.

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

Aphids, scales, thrips, and caterpilars of both butterflies and moths

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Pollen, nectar, and honeydew.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
  2/27/2019      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common to abundant

 
         
 
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  
  No Rank Aschiza  
 

Superfamily

Syrphoidea  
 

Family

Syrphidae (hover flies)  
 

Subfamily

Syrphinae  
 

Tribe

Toxomerini  
 

Genus

Toxomerus  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

margined calligrapher

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  Alfredo Colon
7/23/2018

Location: Woodbury, MN

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