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Genus Melanostoma


The flower flies of the subfamily Syrphinae of Canada, Alaska, and Greenland, Diptera: Syrphidae
By Vockeroth J.R.
The insects and arachnids of Canada, Pt. 18. Ottawa: Agriculture Canada. 456 pp., 1992

Species accounts of European Syrphidae (Diptera), 2014
By Speight M.C.D.
Syrph the Net, the database of European Syrphidae 78, 321 pp., 2014

Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America
By Jeffrey H. Skevington and Michelle M. Locke, Andrew D. Young, Kevin Moran, William J. Crins and Stephen A. Marshall
Princeton University Press, 2019
More than 500 pages on Syrphidae! Illustrated with photographs, including some by BugGuide members.Publisher's website:
https://press.princeton.edu/titles/14224.html

Fabulous flower flies for famous fly fanatics (Diptera: Syrphidae). A tribute to the dipterists of the CNC
By Thompson F.C.
Can. Entomol. 144: 1-16, 2012

Colour guide to hoverfly larvae (Diptera, Syrphidae) in Britain and Europe
By Rotheray G.E.
Dipterists Digest No. 9. 155 pp., 1993

Contribution to a monograph of the American Syrphidae from north of Mexico
By Curran C.H.
Kans. U. Sci. Bull. 15: 7-216, 1925

The Syrphidae of Ohio
By Metcalf C.L.
Ohio State U. 122 pp., 1913
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priceless illustrations showing many larvae

A comparative analysis of the evolution of imperfect mimicry
By Penney H.D., Hassall C., Skevington J.H., Abbott K.R., Sherratt T.N.
Nature 483: 461–464, 2012