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Species Eupeodes americanus - American Hover Fly

Syrphid fly - Eupeodes americanus Syrphid Fly? - Eupeodes americanus Aphid eater on milkweed. Early instar larva - Eupeodes americanus Aphid eater on milkweed.  larva - Eupeodes americanus Aphid eater on milkweed. Puparium - Eupeodes americanus American Hover Fly - Eupeodes americanus - male American Hover Fly - finally a female - Eupeodes americanus - female Syrphid Fly - Eupeodes americanus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Syrphinae
Tribe Syrphini
Genus Eupeodes
No Taxon (subgenus Metasyrphus)
Species americanus (American Hover Fly)
Explanation of Names
Eupeodes americanus (Wiedemann 1830)
It can be grossly differentiated from Syrphus rectus by a dark stripe down the front of the face. The egg is ~0.96x0.26 mm, with broken longitudinal ridges. The larva is blackish with orange markings, looks somewhat spiky. The puparia is grayish-orange and appears mottled, much like the larva. First instars are difficult to separate if they were not seen emerging from an egg. (Short & Bergh 2003)(1)
Further info here(2)
Larvae: wide variety of aphids, such as woolly apple aphid, rosy apple aphid and spirea aphid
Life Cycle
See Also
females are not distinguishable from those of E. fumipennis and E. pomus(2)
Print References
Bergh J.C., Short B.D. (2008) Ecological and life-history notes on syrphid predators of woolly apple aphid in Virginia, with emphasis on Heringia calcarata. BioControl 53: 773-786 (Abstract)