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Species Milesia scutellata

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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 Milesiini
Subtribe Milesiina
Genus Milesia
Species scutellata (Milesia scutellata)
Explanation of Names
Milesia scutellata Hull 1924
Most notably, the scutellum is wholly yellow, with only a small black band at its base, unlike Milesia virginiensis and M. bella.

Thorax markings also differ: Hull writes "Thorax black, marked with yellow, similarly to virginiensis, but differing as follows : in that species there are two transverse, medianly interrupted, yellow bands on the thorax, the first between the humeri, the second just behind the suture. The median, broken ends of the humeral band are turned down and drawn out acutely to a point, but never continuous with the sutural or second band of the thorax ; in scutellata the two bands are broadly connected in the middle, forming thus two U's, their open ends facing outward, laterally."
Southeastern US: North Carolina, Texas, Florida.(1)
Print References
Hull, F.M. (1924) Milesia in North America (Dipt.: Syrphidae). Ent. News 35: 280-282. [1924.10.06]