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Genus Copestylum

Unknown Fly - Copestylum Can this Copestylum get to species? - Copestylum apiciferum - female Syrphid Fly - Copestylum - male Mexican Cactus Fly - Copestylum mexicanum - female  Copestylum - Copestylum Mexican Cactus Fly - Copestylum mexicanum - male Copestylum - male Unknown Fly - Copestylum mexicanum
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Aschiza")
Family Syrphidae (Syrphid Flies)
Subfamily Eristalinae
Tribe Volucellini
Genus Copestylum
Explanation of Names
Copestylum Macquart 1846
Numbers
35 spp. in our area(1), >300 total
Size
6-16 mm
Range
New World, mostly tropical; in our area, across the US + sw. Canada(1); 4 spp. introduced to Hawaii and the Canary Islands
Habitat
larvae develop in various kinds of decaying organic matter (saguaro, rotting banana stumps, paw-paw, exudates from Timbo, etc.) and also found in the water-filled bracts of Heliconia spp. (Marcos-García & Pérez-Bañón 2001)
Food
Rotting cactus, for most spp. (many reared from Opuntia) (Marcos-García & Pérez-Bañón 2001)
Print References
Marcos-García M.A., Pérez-Bañón C. (2001) Immature stages, morphology and feeding behavior of the saprophytic syrphids Copestylum tamaulipanum and Copestylum lentum (Diptera: Syrphidae). Eur. J. Entomol. 98: 375-385. (Full text)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Key to the genera of nearctic Syrphidae
Miranda G.F.G, Young A.D., Locke M.M., Marshall S.A., Skevington J.H., Thompson F.C. 2013. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 23: 1-351.
2.Syrphidae of Ontario